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U n i v e r s i t y o f So u t h C a r o l i n a

2 0 1 1 – 2 0 1 2 A n n ua l R e p o r t o f Carolina and McNair Scholars

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It was the English philosopher and physician John Locke who said that “The business of education is not to make the young perfect in any one of the sciences, but so to open and dispose their minds as may best make them capable of any, when they shall apply themselves to it.� We agree with John Locke’s definition of education and are proud that the University of South Carolina offers opportunities to those who apply themselves to join the world of exemplary scholarship. Our Carolina and McNair Scholars programs are pathways to academic excellence for the many outstanding undergraduates we have recruited to pursue their college education on our campus. Their experiences in and out of the classroom, often including national and international travel, have been enriched by the individual support they received from faculty, staff, community and business leaders, alumni and donors. True Scholar is a compendium of the personal stories of these scholars and the paths they have chosen based on their own interests, talents and personal distinction. We hope you will enjoy reading about these unique achievers, what they have learned on their journeys and where they are headed. We, and they, are grateful for the generosity of those who have opened the doors of opportunity for each of these outstanding students. Because of your interest and support, they have enriched the Carolina community and offer great promise as they take their places in their chosen professions and communities. Harris Pastides, President, University of South Carolina Michael D. Amiridis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Helen I. Doerpinghaus, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies

The Carolina and McNair Scholars The University of South Carolina developed the Carolina Scholars Program in 1969 to celebrate the virtues of a world-class education. Through generous private support, we have expanded the program from nine students in its first year to more than 84 scholars on campus during fall 2011. Since its inception, 702 scholars have participated in the program, which has been an integral factor in keeping many of the state’s most academically talented students in South Carolina. Established in spring 1998 as part of the University’s Bicentennial Campaign, the McNair Scholars Program is an exciting scholarship fund for out-of-state students supported by generous gifts of $30 million from University alumnus Robert C. McNair and his wife, Janice. The McNair Scholars Program is the counterpart of Carolina’s prestigious Carolina Scholars Program for gifted in-state students. The university welcomed the 14th class of McNair Scholars this year. This year’s McNair Scholars represent 19 states and are among the nation’s brightest students. Distinguished by their extraordinary academic talent, exemplary character and remarkable leadership skills, the Carolina and McNair Scholars are outstanding students whose ideas and abilities will shape the world of tomorrow. These young scholars personify not only the ideals Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke of when he said, “Character is higher than intellect,” but also the university’s own motto: “Learning humanizes character and does not permit it to be cruel.” As this report chronicles, these scholars have significantly enhanced the reputation of the university. A continuing goal of both programs is to create a community of scholars with a united and visible identity. First-year scholars participate in a leadership retreat, creating bonds and developing skills that will last a lifetime. Through the generosity of the university’s donors, these prestigious scholarship programs will continue to improve and grow. This Carolina and McNair Scholars report is offered as a testament to the successes of the programs that you have made possible.

The Selection Process The Office of Undergraduate Admissions coordinates the selection process for Carolina and McNair Scholars. To be considered, students are required to submit an application for admission as well as an additional application for the top scholar awards. The application generally asks students to include


school and community activities and accomplishments, independent research and readings, goals for the future, an essay and teacher recommendations. Each applicant is carefully reviewed by faculty and staff and evaluated in areas such as academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, leadership potential, recommendations, interest in the university and outstanding talents and accomplishments. Each year, 50 Carolina Scholar finalists and 41 McNair Scholar finalists are selected to attend an interview weekend held in February. During this visit, candidates tour campus, view residence halls, meet with many prominent University of South Carolina faculty, staff, and senior administrators and attend sample classes. The campus visit is an opportunity for students to learn about the services and programs Carolina affords elite scholars and for students to experience the campus culture and community. This year, 20 Carolina Scholars and 21 McNair Scholars were named from the group of 91 finalists. In addition to the monetary award, scholars enjoy many benefits, including preferred freshman housing and parking privileges and a laptop computer. Our current and incoming Carolina and McNair Scholars are representatives of the best our nation has to offer and are an integral part of what makes the university a “faithful index to the ambitions and fortunes of the state.”

The Awards The Carolina Scholar and McNair Scholar Awards are the most prestigious undergraduate scholarships at the University of South Carolina. Students who accept the scholarships receive automatic entrance into the South Carolina Honors College. Each Carolina and McNair Scholar Award provides an annual stipend, which helps cover costs such as tuition, fees, books, and room and board. The stipends are renewable annually to support the scholars through four years of undergraduate study at the university. In addition to the cash stipend, Carolina and McNair Scholars participate in activities during the school year that complement their academic experience. First-year scholars build community starting with their retreat, and they are also paired with university faculty members who serve as mentors during the year. Sophomores receive one-on-one advisement to assist with academic and cocurricular planning. All scholars have a full schedule of programs each semester, which includes socials, formal dinners, lectures and invitations to special campus events.

Carolina Scholar Award Donors Carolina Scholar Awards are made possible by the contributions of individuals, corporations and foundations. The University Development Office cultivates and maintains relationships with donors of Carolina Scholar Awards. Private support of this and other programs enables the University of South Carolina to attract academically talented students and to provide the margin of excellence in all academic programs.

(Top to bottom) Carolina Scholars Priyanka Juneja and Michael Hood greet donors Jeannette and Marshall Winn at the spring Carolina Scholars donor dinner on March 15, 2012. First-year Carolina Scholar Nick Liger greets Louisa Campbell who holds a photograph of Nick’s donors, who are her parents, Louisa and John Tobias. Delaney Horel and Nathan Sairam enjoy their first formal event as scholars — the October 2011 fall dinner, held in the Hollings Room of the Thomas Cooper library.

Bank of America Friends of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin* Friends and Family of Solomon Blatt Michael Bond J. Willis Cantey* Carolina Alumni Association Carolina Class of 1936 Carolina Class of 1937 Carolina Class of 1938 Carolina Class of 1939 Carolina Class of 1942 Carolina Class of 1953 Carolina Class of 1964 Carolina Class of 1965 Carolina Class of 1966 Carolina Class of 1967 Carolina Department of Athletics Carolina Development Foundation Carolina Educational Foundation Carolina Interfraternity/Panhellenic Council Caroline McKissick Belser Dial* A.T. Chalk* William B. Douglas* G.G. Dowling* William B. Dukes and Blue Marlin William H. Duncan Frances King Fawcett First Citizens Bank Edward R. Ginn III Jack S. Graybill Anne Johnston Gregg William M. Gregg II and Family/S.C. Tees Inc. Caroline and Susan R. Guignard* Martha M. and Hubbard H. Harris* Friends of James B. Holderman and Carolyn Meadors Holderman*

Drs. Anita and Charles Hood Kappy M. and William C. Hubbard J. Randolph Johnson* Mary Burnet M. Pearce Johnston Olin D. Johnston* The Knox Family/Terminix Service Inc. L. Joseph Land John T. Langston III Sodexo Arnold R. Merchant* Charles Edwin Moore* Dr. Nicholas K. Moore Michael J. Mungo* Ralph David Neuman* James T. Pearce Jr. Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Mr.* and Mrs. R. Roy Pearce Robert E. Penland* Pepsi Cola Soft Drink Company Progress Energy Clyde C. Rice* David W. Robinson* South Carolina State Fair Association The Spadoni Foundation Dr.* and Mrs. Charles R. Standridge Calhoun Thomas* Mr.* and Mrs. John L.M. Tobias Patrick L. Tomlin University Associates Chris Vlahoplus and Friends Wells Fargo Annually Funded Award Donors Carolina Scholars Alumni R.C. McEntire and Company Inc. Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle *deceased


Robert C. McNair M c Nair Scholar Benefactor and Friend of the University

Robert C. McNair, a leading businessman, sportsman and philanthropist in the city of Houston for more than 50 years, is the founder, chair and chief executive officer of the Houston Texans. He is perhaps best known in the business community as the founder of Cogen Technologies, which was sold in 1999. Cogen was the largest privately owned cogeneration company in the world, with aggregate capacity of 1,400 megawatts. McNair is chair of The McNair Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he oversees an investment portfolio that includes interests in three cogeneration plants in the eastern United States. McNair owns Palmetto Partners Ltd. and RCM Financial Services L.P., private investment entities that manage the McNairs’ private and public-equity investments, and is a member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame. McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998 and is chair and CEO. On Oct. 6, 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair, returning football to the city of Houston in 2002. McNair’s efforts brought Super Bowl XXXVIII to Reliant Stadium in 2004. The Texans had their best season in 2011, their 10th in the NFL. They went 10-6 in the regular season, won their first AFC South title and advanced to the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Head coach Gary Kubiak, whom McNair retained after a 6-10 season in 2010, led the team through a glut of injuries to key players. The Texans clinched their division and won a Wild Card playoff game over Cincinnati with a rookie third-string quarterback, T.J. Yates, at the helm. Kubiak orchestrated the league’s second-ranked rushing offense while new Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips guided the NFL’s second-ranked defense. McNair is actively involved in NFL affairs, serving as chairman of the Finance Committee, and is a member of the audit, stadium and expansion committees. Stonerside Stable in Kentucky is among McNair’s successes. A 1,947-acre thoroughbred horse farm and racing stable, Stonerside was home to more than 275 racehorses, broodmares, yearlings and weanlings. From its inception in 1994, Stonerside won 72 Graded Stakes races, including Grade I wins in the Belmont, the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the Travers, the Haskell, the Hollywood Gold Cup, the Cigar Mile, the Carter, the Swaps, the Wood Memorial, the Matriarch and the Oak Leaf Stakes. In October 2008 McNair sold Stonerside Farm and Racing Stable. The McNairs have given generously to a wide array of charitable, scientific, medical, literary, educational and religious organizations through the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. Major support has been given to education, scholarship programs and medical research in juvenile diabetes, breast and pancreatic cancer and the neurosciences. Born in Tampa, Fla., McNair graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1999, he received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the university. In 2010 he received an honorary doctor of humanities from Baylor College of Medicine. Bob and his wife, Janice, have been married for more than 50 years and have four children and 14 grandchildren.


(Top to bottom) The sophomore class of McNair Scholars is delighted to greet Janice and Bob McNair after the dinner held March 29, 2012. New Honors College Dean Steve Lynn greets first year McNair Scholars Siobhan Kibbey and Andrea Eggleston at the spring dinner. University President Harris Pastides with McNair senior Jackie Cantwell.

National Winners Carolina and McNair Scholars continue to lead the headlines as finalists and winners of the nation’s most prestigious fellowships and scholarships. Here are a few highlights among our scholars of the 48 national awards won by university students this year. Carolina Scholar Jim Talbert represented us well as both a Rhodes Scholar Finalist and a Marshall Scholar Finalist. His research into graduate degrees helped him arrive at the decision to study at the University of Oxford, where he will begin this fall. Carolina Scholar Elizabeth Wilson was selected as a Truman Scholar Finalist, joining the impressive group of scholars who have advanced in this prestigious public service competition. Three scholars won Fulbright grants this year! Heading to North Korea to teach English is Carolina Scholar Christina Galardi. Another Carolina Scholar, Matthew Casedonte, will head to Russia on his English Teaching Assistantship. McNair Scholar Jackie Cantwell will conduct research in France. Reggie Bain, Carolina Scholar, and Stephen Timko, McNair Scholar, each earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. One of our McNair Finalists, Robin Neumayer, also won an NSF fellowship. Honorable mentions in this competition were acknowledged to Jim Talbert and Jackie Cantwell. Two scholar alumni also won NSF fellowships this year: Carolina Scholar Patrick Hankins and (Northwestern University) and McNair Scholar Tori Espensen-Sturges (University of Minnesota). Our Goldwater Scholar alumni will be pleased to learn that the winning Goldwater tradition continues at the university. This year marked the 20th consecutive year that one or more Carolina students have been awarded a Goldwater scholarship. Only four university students per year can be nominated for this competition. And this year two of our four nominees were recognized by the Goldwater Foundation. Carolina Scholar Cole Franks and McNair Scholar Gerry Koons were both awarded scholarships. Carolina Scholar Marc-Olivier Blais will enjoy this summer conducting research in Germany on his national internship through the DAAD Rise program. Nick Riley received a graduate scholarship from Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society as he heads to the University of Wisconsin. Nick is a McNair Scholar.

(Top to bottom) The university celebrated this spring with several Fulbright Scholars. Pictured are (back row) Fulbright advisor Dr. Jeff Persels, Matthew Casedonte and Sarah Nell Lader; (front row) Jackie Cantwell, Payal Patel, Laura Smentek and Christina Galardi. The scholars winning these awards and photographed here are Cantwell, Casedonte and Galardi. Three members of our scholars’ community won National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships. Pictured are (left to right) Carolina Scholar Reggie Bain, McNair Scholar Stephen Timko and McNair Finalist Robin Neumayer. In addition, scholars Jackie Cantwell and Jim Talbert were named honorable mention.

Two scholars have won Goldwater Scholarships. Photographed is sophomore McNair Scholar and biomedical engineering major Gerry Koons. Not pictured is Cole Franks, a Carolina Scholar who was studying in Budapest in the spring of this year. Franks is a double major in physics and mathematics.


Go West! Honors students spend the summer experiencing ranch life

In the Valley by Kellie Sharpe, McNair Scholar 2010

These boots are made for working at the Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Idaho, where Kylie worked. Kellie Sharpe was a member of USC’s IHSA team during her college career. Her adventures in wrangling have kept her out west for two years now.


Before the sun unveils the land from her cloak of night, the day begins with a flurry of slung Carhartts and firmly planted Stetsons. Five sets of “hips” holler across the meadows, gathering 135 horses for the day’s work. The wranglers pour grain, throw on saddles and tighten cinches before the sun breaks pink over the mountains and we break for breakfast, beginning just another day in the valley. Lost Valley Ranch is Colorado’s oldest AAA Four Diamond property. Guests bump their way down our nine-mile dirt driveway wondering if they missed a turn somewhere along the way. Just when they are ready to turn around, they rise over a hill and our cattle guard stands tall to greet them with a swinging “OOOO-AAAAH!” (the ranch’s way of saying “hello,” “goodbye” and everything in between). With a sigh of relief and a twinge of anxiety as they wonder what they have gotten themselves into, our guests pass over the cattle guard and descend into the valley and into another way of life. Cattle round-up begins this week. Guests from around the country and the world have gathered to help us bring in the 120 head of cattle grazing on 40,000 acres of national forest land. With each yearling cow worth more than $1,000, spirits are high as people wager and jest about who will find the most cows and when the last one will be brought in. Saturday night finally comes at the end of a long week. Both staff and guests gather around open grills, cooking steaks and celebrating a successful week; everyone, that is, but three of us wranglers who are still riding in the mountains. A renegade heifer has led us through aspen groves, over hills and across rivers. Finally, we turn her head and begin for home. The heifer occasionally tries to escape, but with the three of us, she does not have much of a chance. We settle into our saddles for the ride back and conversation turns from “you head there” and “I’ll block that side” to next week’s election and the correct way to season chili. As our work eases, our minds can too. I love such conversations at the end of a long day’s ride, when the sun is softening in an otherwise blistering Colorado sky and our growling stomachs are comforted by knowing that dinner is warm and waiting. The bond people share as they work a cow breaks societal barriers and bleeds into other aspects of their lives, allowing histories, ideas and dreams to emerge. One hears stories about a professor who emigrated from Czechoslovakia when the curtain was still made of iron. A British journalist offers a glimpse into the novel she is in the process of writing. These times are invaluable opportunities to glean wisdom from their stories and expertise and share a bit of my own, too. Learning to listen and ask questions is a skill and desire that Carolina grew in me. Whether I was sitting in Dr. Cutsinger’s office in a cluster of chairs dissecting what Plato envisioned as an ideal educational system or walking in the woods around Table Rock with Rudy Mancke, I learned to open my ears and my mind to perspectives and ideas different than my own. I learned to stop and listen while reading Maya Angelou amid the Swiss Alps at L’Abri and wandering along the winding lanes of Castellón, Spain, with fellow Spanish students during a USC summer study abroad program. The experiences I had and the people and perspectives those experiences opened to me during my time at Carolina taught me to hear and process for myself what others had to say. Carolina propelled my education in a way that ensured that learning would not end on the Colonial Life Arena’s stage in May. The sun bends behind the peaks with the last cow home safely and our well-earned steaks searing on the grill, bringing to a close just another day in the valley.

A New Check on the Bucket List by Kylie Glessman, Carolina Scholar 2011 The customary plan to follow after graduating from college is to join the workforce in the career field of your degree. Yet, I was not absolutely positive of my career path, so instead of pursuing jobs that I was uncertain of, I chose a crazy alternative. I packed up my things and moved west to work on a dude ranch. I worked as a wrangler in northern Idaho at Red Horse Mountain Ranch. While most people called me crazy for picking up and moving out west at the drop of a hat, I only envisioned new opportunities and one more thing to check off my bucket list. I set aside everything that was expected of me in order to pursue what I had always dreamed of doing. I love working with horses and meeting new people. Consequently, this job turned into one of the best summers I’ve ever had. My backyard was 300,000 acres to use as my own personal playground. My office was atop a saddle looking through my horse’s ears as I guided guests on trail rides each day. An early morning meant I got to wake up to a whinny outside my window, and working late meant getting to witness a stampede shake the ground as a herd of more than 80 horses galloped out to a pasture. While it might have been the more logical or practical choice to get an office job or continue more schooling right away, my time out at the ranch was just what I needed. Every now and then, throwing caution to the wind can turn out to be so rewarding.

Oakley was Kylie Glessman’s favorite horse during her time on the ranch. Megan and Midnight after a nice gallop around the pond at Wind River Ranch, nestled in the Rocky Mountains between Twin Sisters and Long’s Peak in Colorado.

Ranch Life by Megan Brown, McNair Scholar 2013 A small ranch tucked into Colorado’s Rocky Mountains might seem like a far cry from my studies at the Arnold School of Public Health here at USC, but you would be surprised. As a lifelong horse person, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to spend a summer living the American dream working on a ranch. I never expected to learn so much about myself, horses and public health. When our herd suddenly was struck by an outbreak of strangles, the most contagious equine disease on the planet, I received an unexpected lesson in outbreak management, quarantines and public health with language barriers. As we nursed our sick horses back to health and tried to prevent our healthy horses from further exposure, I learned just how challenging it is to contain what cannot be seen. Our long days grew longer as we cleaned wounds and built isolation pens, but being able to eventually watch our horses recover made the effort more than worth it. Getting to watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets each day was just an added bonus! Learning to act quickly and effectively in the face of a crisis within the bounds of our limited resources was an invaluable lesson. I have never worked as hard in my life as I did on the ranch, but I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything.


senior sc h o l a r s

To introduce you to our senior scholars means an introduction to the world — they find themselves in places their predecessors only dreamed of, from traveling continents to tutoring children. On these pages you will see photographs of our senior Carolina and McNair Scholars in their own element, a location of their choosing. For some of them, the choice was easy and obvious, but for others, more thought was employed. The photos, accompanied by the students’ reflective and insightful words, provides a glimpse into their time as a Carolinian.

“Coming to USC was one of the best decisions I have ever made! Being a Carolina Scholar and in the Honors College has made my four years at Carolina some of the best of my life. The academically rigorous yet friendly and supportive atmosphere has allowed me to grow as an aspiring academic and as a person. I have the chance to make great friends from all sorts of backgrounds and disciplines and to work with some amazingly talented professors. I

reggie Bain

had the opportunity to work on a cutting-edge research project in particle physics based at the Large Hadron Collider with Dr. Milind Purohit in the physics department for four years. With the help and guidance of Dr. Ed Munn-Sanchez in the Honors College, I also had the opportunity to pursue my passion for getting the public excited about science through Carolina Science Outreach, a program I started with fellow scholars Jim Talbert, Sam Johnson and Connor Bain. With the help of the Magellan Scholarship and the Carolina Leadership Initiative, CSO has reached out to thousands across S.C. since 2010. USC gave me the chance to take a class from my father in music theory, to watch the baseball team win back-to-back national championships and to be a part of the last honors freshman class to live in the timeless Maxcy College. I have treasured every moment that I’ve been at USC and will forever be a Gamecock!”


Reggie will attend Duke University in the fall on an NSF Graduate Fellowship to begin pursuing a Ph.D. in high energy particle physics and string theory. Reggie also plans to remain active in science outreach and education initiatives throughout his time in graduate school.

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Olin D. Johnston Memorial Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Physics and Mathematics Reggie demonstrates how to model an atom with gumdrops to fourth-grade students at the Columbia Jewish Day School. The activity was a part of his Carolina Science Outreach presentation “The Particle Zoo: Discovering the Building Blocks of Nature.”

bryarly Bishop

McNair Scholar Lassiter High School Marietta, Ga. European Studies To gain experience working with audio, Bryarly learned how to direct, edit, record and mix the five podcasts that made up her senior thesis.

“My time at Carolina has brought me a smorgasbord of new experiences. For me, college was not about finding myself so much as it was about reaffirming who I am, what I want to do and where I want to go. We’re so often told to look for what we want to do that we miss the importance of knowing what we don’t want to do. For me, trying on and slipping out of different masks has cemented my freshman desire to work with music and film — and without the generosity of the McNairs and the grace of USC, I would never have gotten that chance. In my time at Carolina, I left music for European studies only to find myself recording an album with Englishmen in France. Full circle? I think so. For me, the best times at Carolina were the little surprises: my philosophy professor buying the whole class pizza for a Reading Day review session, my blues professor teaching us to play the harmonica on the Horseshoe and my thesis director and voice teacher telling me how much they wished I didn’t have to leave yet. Thanks, Carolina. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.” Bryarly plans to pursue a career in media postproduction. After graduation, she hopes to work briefly in Atlanta-based studios before relocating to the United Kingdom she fell in love with while studying abroad last year.


katie B o l and

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Ada B. Thomas Scholarship and Mary B.M. Pearce Johnston and James T. Pearce Jr. Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Biological Sciences Here, Katie is enjoying friends, family and football.

“Although I am eagerly anticipating the next chapter of my life in medical school, I am also sad to be leaving the South Carolina Honors College, a place that has given me so many opportunities and happy memories. I am so grateful for having had such an amazing and life-altering undergraduate experience at the University of South Carolina. I have had the chance to take many unique classes, study abroad in England and Italy, live on the Horseshoe and work on diabetes prevention research. Outside of the classroom, I have participated in intramural sports and been vice president of my service sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, and secretary of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honors society. Some of my favorite memories, though, have been at and around football games. The spirit and excitement in the atmosphere is contagious, and I have been lucky enough to be able to tailgate and cheer on the Gamecocks with both friends and family. My time at the university has flown by, and as I move on, I recognize how much my life has been enriched by the talents, dedication and generosity of others. I will always be thankful to the faculty, staff, students and Carolina Scholar donors who have given me so much and touched my life forever.� Katie will attend the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston this fall.


“With two Tarheel brothers and

tracy B r ad e r

another brother and sister who attend N.C. State, I would say I definitely come from a ‘house divided.’ When I first applied to USC, I didn’t even know what a gamecock was, let alone know that this was the

McNair Scholar William G. Enloe High School Raleigh, N.C. English/Pre-Med Tracy gained valuable experience working as an on-campus first responder for the university. In the position first responder, Tracy responded to all 911 calls that took place on campus as well as transported non-emergent patients to local medical providers.

mascot of my future home. Today as I look back on my last four years, I realize that in choosing garnet and black over Carolina blue or Wolfpack red, I absolutely made the right decision. Freshman year, I began as a business major with aspirations to follow the prelaw route. However, thanks to both my experiences at USC and the outstanding professors who teach here, I came to discover my true passions. I decided to switch my major to English as well as pursue the premedical pathway, and I fully attribute my resulting academic success to USC. USC also provided me with the opportunity to work as an oncampus first responder, a job that really furthered my interest in emergency medicine. Even though next year I will be attending medical school at the ‘other’ Carolina, the University of South Carolina will always be my favorite, and I will forever be a loyal Gamecock.” Tracy will attend medical school this fall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


megan Britt

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r

“The four years I’ve spent as a student at the University of South Carolina have been the best of my life, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come here. It all started when I lived in Maxcy with other honors students my freshman year. I made lifelong friends I will never forget, and along

John Rutledge Scholarship Camden High School Camden, S.C. Psychology and German Megan has worked at WUSC-FM, USC’s student-run radio station, as an on-air DJ for the past four years.

with them I’ve also made many special memories. From the Saturdays spent at Williams-Brice Stadium cheering on the Gamecocks, to the weekly radio shows I was lucky enough to host at WUSC, I can’t imagine having gone to any other university and looking back on it so fondly. I also got to take advantage of opportunities outside of campus by spending a semester studying abroad in Zurich, Switzerland. There I made wonderful friends who have inspired me to go back abroad to learn about another culture. While I am extremely happy to graduate and to pursue my interests at a deeper level, I can’t help but be sad to be saying goodbye to this place that has become such an important part of my life. Regardless of the distance, however, I know that I will always be a Gamecock, and Columbia will always be my home.” Megan will spend the rest of the year in Amsterdam working as an au pair before pursuing a graduate degree in the field of psychology.



Carolina or McNair Scholars or Finalists won 41 awards this year at the university’s annual spring Awards Day.

jackie C an t w e l l

McNair Scholar Milton High School Alpharetta, Ga. Chemistry Through study abroad, Jackie was able to explore many parts of the world that were new to her, including Brussels, Belgium.

“Four short years ago when I first came to USC, it was the opportunity for a variety of experiences that excited and attracted me most. During my time here I have done my best to take full advantage of that opportunity. From cheering on the Gamecocks with the marching band and the basketball pep band to sharing my love of science with kids through Carolina Science Outreach, from delving into undergraduate research in inorganic chemistry to coordinating the scholar buddy program for the McNair Scholar Association and Carolina Scholar Association, I’ve followed my passions, diverse though they may be. USC has allowed me to choose my own adventure, even when that adventure involved studying abroad in France and Germany. My experiences here at Carolina have shaped who I am and where I am going. Moving forward in life, it will always be my pleasure to say I am from the University of South Carolina.” Jackie will conduct research at the CRISMAT lab in Caen, France, next year on a Fulbright grant. Following her return stateside, she will attend Northwestern University in Chicago for her Ph.D. in Chemistry.


of the four senior marshals for the Honors College were scholars.


“My time at Carolina has been one of blessings. I have had the opportunity to accomplish amazing things: going to Russia twice, consulting with real companies in the area and meeting some incredible professors and mentors to whom I still go for advice. As a capstone to my experience, I received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Russia next year, a field of study I only began here in the fantastic Russian program. USC has given me the tools necessary to excel, and for that, I will always look back on this place fondly.” Matthew will spend next year teaching English in Russia on a Fulbright Grant.


matthew C as e d o n t e

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. International Business and Entrepreneurship Matthew enjoyed his time studying at Cool Beans, a popular coffee shop close to campus.

caroline crouch

McNair Scholar Huntsville High School Huntsville, Ala. International Business, Management and Marketing While studying abroad in Tours, France, and Prague, Czech Republic, Caroline began taking pictures of herself doing a “ballet pose’” in every city and country she visits. The collection would not be complete without one on the Horseshoe at USC. This makes the count 93.

“A Maxcy hall of scholars who became best of friends, exciting afternoons at Williams-Brice Stadium, the knowing look when you hear ‘IB’ and the sunny days of lying on the Horseshoe in shorts … in February. The University of South Carolina, my alma mater, and the one school for me. When picking which college to attend, my parents just told me, ‘Pick a school that you can stay at for all four years.’ I may have missed their goal of staying in Columbia for four years, but I think an exception can be made for studying abroad in Tours, France, and Prague, Czech Republic. Looking back, I feel nothing but blessed and thankful for the experiences I’ve had, the people I’ve met and the support given along the way. I stayed at USC for four years, but USC will stay with me forever.” Caroline will begin a career with as an area manager in a fulfillment center in Louisville, Ky.


scholars studied abroad this year, from summer 2011 to spring 2012, in 17 different countries. 15

jade D av i s

McNair Scholar East Rutherford High School Forest City, N.C. Marketing and Management When visiting Egypt during her time abroad, Jade rode a camel to the pyramids of Giza.

“Waving towels around while jumping to the beat of ‘Sandstorm,’ lounging on the Horseshoe as the sun beams through the tall trees, eating chicken fingers with friends every single Wednesday, complaining of no cell service during a first floor all-nighter at Thomas Cooper — these are the memories that make a Carolina student. Through these experiences we develop an unbreakable bond and sense of community. Through these experiences we become the University of South Carolina. The past four years have truly been the time of my life. From the moment I stepped foot onto campus for the McNair interview weekend, I knew USC would hold a special place in my heart. It is here that I have developed lasting friendships that will positively impact my life forever. Here I had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome, Italy. In Rome, not only did I live with seven other girls from all areas of America, but I was also able to explore 11 different countries and expand my cultural horizons more than I ever dreamed. Because of the opportunities presented to me by the university and the unimaginable generosity of Robert and Janice McNair, I am prepared to embark upon my next journey at the Charlotte School of Law. As I continue to discover myself and all the possibilities this great world offers, my foundation built at Carolina will always remain a part of me. I’ll forever be a ‘Gamecock.’” Jade will attend the Charlotte School of Law next year.


molly Doggett

McNair Scholar Middletown High School Middletown, Md. International Studies Molly had the opportunity to travel to many places and meet many interesting friends during her semesters abroad, including the llama pictured here.

“In my freshman year at Carolina, I thought the most interesting experience I would have was adapting to Southern culture — but I was very wrong. I was lucky enough to have an incredible number of amazing opportunities during my time at Carolina and found that each new experience brought both challenges and rewards. After an amazing freshman year in our beloved Maxcy, I took an internship in the U.S. Senate with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, where I observed the inner workings of government and literally bumped into some pretty important politicians. As an international studies major, I was able to go abroad in the spring semesters of both my sophomore and junior years, first to Guadalajara, Mexico, and then to Lima, Peru. In Mexico I made amazing friends, traveled often and freely, and had the experience of a lifetime. In Peru I perfected my Spanish, saw a lot of llamas and tried to keep the number of times I was mugged to under three. Each semester challenged me in different ways and also forced me to grow and mature, and each time it felt incredible to be able to return to USC, a place I had quickly learned to call my home. When I returned from my second semester fluent in Spanish, I took a part-time job at HABLA, a USC-based interpreting and translating service for the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Also during my senior year, I was named a Magellan Scholar and joined USC professor Dr. Myriam Torres to carry out a study on HIV/AIDS knowledge and testing beliefs among the Latino community in South Carolina. Despite my extensive time away from USC, Carolina has always been my home base, and my time spent as a Gamecock will always be remembered as the most dynamic and exciting time of my life.” Molly plans to return to her home state of Maryland to join the workforce for a few years before going to graduate school in Washington, D.C.


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McNair Scholar Laurel School Novelty, Ohio International Business and Marketing Gillian’s picture was taken outside of her sorority house with her younger sister, Jocelyn. Her sorority has shaped her four years at USC in every way, from providing her with invaluable leadership experience to introducing her to her best friends. Being able to share these experiences with her sister has made Gillian’s time here even more special.

“I attended a small all-girls school in Ohio for 15 years, so when it came time to choose a college, I decided it was time to try something completely different. I wanted big. I wanted football. And most of all, I wanted better weather! I found all of these things and more at the University of South Carolina. USC has given me an incredible education in a beautiful, fun and inspiring environment. I could not imagine spending my college career anywhere else. Go Gamecocks!” Gillian will attend law school at Emory University next year.


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“As an incoming freshman, I introduced myself to President Harris Pastides on his first day in office (Aug. 1, 2008) at a special event for Carolina basketball alumni (my father played for USC Aiken). Coincidentally, at the First-Year Reading Experience just a few weeks later, President Pastides was the leader of my discussion group. He recognized me immediately, and we shared conversation about my aspirations for my time

Mary Meech and Michael J. Mungo Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Public Relations Christina chats with President Pastides and Ms. Moore-Pastides over the Greek pastry spanakopita, which she made using Ms. Moore-Pastides’ recipe. Opa!

at Carolina as we walked back to the Horseshoe. Ever since that first meeting, our paths have crossed often, and the president never fails to remember my name and ask how my family and I are doing. He encouraged me to keep him updated on my progress, and I try to correspond with him via email at least once a semester. Ms. Moore-Pastides and I have also found that we share a common love of the kitchen; I volunteered with her Greek cuisine classes at Columbia’s Cooking! with the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. In preparation for my study abroad travels in Greece, Ms. Moore-Pastides was kind enough to set aside time to talk about her experiences there during President Pastides’ sabbatical. She even recommended a special restaurant in Athens that I found and tried with my classmates! President Pastides and I are both sharing our “senior years”… and although I’m moving on, I look forward to hearing about the directions the university takes even after I’m gone. The Pastides look after thousands of students, and it meant a lot to me that they took me under their wing. It is just a taste of the many wonderful relationships with students, faculty, staff and the community I have developed while here and will dearly miss.” Christina will spend next year teaching English in South Korea on a Fulbright grant and will later pursue a master’s in public health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


scholars won national fellowships or scholarships this year.


“I am grateful for the opportunities and experiences I’ve had at the University of South Carolina. In the Moore School of Business I found a passion for accounting and attended two

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summer leadership conferences with highly regarded accounting firms: PwC

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in Chicago and Dixon Hughes Goodman

Julia and Spud Spadoni Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Accounting

in Charleston, S.C. As a member of Beta Alpha Psi (an accounting honor fraternity) I served as recording secretary my senior year and led the mentoring program, promoting committee and publicity committee. After my freshman year in Maxcy I spent my sophomore and junior years as a resident mentor in the newly opened Honors Residence, where I enjoyed, and hopefully contributed to, the great culture and camaraderie that exists within the Honors College. I chose to be pictured with the visual art portion of my senior thesis: an oil painting portfolio interpretation and compilation of folklore that existed in Maxcy College (the former default freshman Honors College housing). The Class of 2012 was the last honors class to live in Maxcy. During my college experience I found many new interests and passions but also held onto painting, a pursuit I brought with me to Carolina.” Mary has an internship in Charlotte, N.C., with PwC for the summer and will return to USC to pursue a Master of Accounting degree.


Mary Glenn is pictured in front of her senior thesis, an oil painting collection exhibited in the Honors Residence Conference Room.

“Like most freshmen, when I arrived at Carolina in fall 2008, I had no idea what to expect out of the next four years. The only thing that I was sure of when I moved into Maxcy College was that I would embrace every opportunity that would come my way and leave no stone, or Horseshoe brick, unturned as I sought to grow into the person I am today. On campus, the most defining of those opportunities came through volunteering with and leading the Waverly Afterschool Program. My experiences as a tutor and a mentor in the program have both sparked and fueled my passion for education reform while also helping me to develop a skill set that will enable me to develop as a leader in the field. I further developed this passion during my Washington Semester, during which I interned with the Children’s De-

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fense Fund, an experience that enhanced my desire to move to Washington, D.C., and pursue a career in education policy after graduation. While I will never forget these last four years at Carolina, I believe that if I continue to seize every opportunity

McNair Scholar Jay M. Robinson High School Concord, N.C. Political Science Daniel’s career at USC was defined by the time he spent at the Waverly Afterschool Program, serving as a tutor and a mentor for the children living in the Waverly community. The relationships he built at the program and the lessons he learned will stay with him for the rest of his life as he pursues a career in education policy reform.

that comes my way, I will be able to make the next chapter of my life as memorable and rewarding as the one I am concluding.” Daniel will return home this summer to work for Freedom Schools in Charlotte before moving to Washington, D.C., in the fall to volunteer with AmeriCorps and search for positions in education policy.


“Choosing to come to South Carolina was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made. While I have enjoyed the beautiful campus, gorgeous weather and exhilarating football games as much as every Gamecock does, it has been the welcoming people here who have made my time at Carolina truly amazing and unforgettable. Between my Delta Zeta sorority sisters, friends from living in Capstone my freshman year, my research mentor, Dr. Lydia Matesic, and some inspiring professors, I have always been surrounded by supportive people. I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities the university has provided me, including a semester abroad in Australia, which was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. While I am sad to leave Columbia, I am excited to start a new chapter of my life, knowing that the university has prepared me well for whatever challenges may come my way and has left me with friendships and memories that I will always cherish.” Katie will attend medical school in the fall at MUSC in Charleston, S.C.


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McNair Scholar St. Mary’s Dominican High School New Orleans, La. Exercise Science This picture is from Katie’s amazing travels around Australia during her semester abroad.

anna Hegquist

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r James A. Morris Scholarship AC Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Business Management Hospitality Management

“In December, I will graduate with a dual degree from the Schools of Business

Anna Hegquist believes that the classes she took in the McCutchen House allowed her to have an experience truly unique to USC, and because of that chose to have her picture taken in front of it.

and of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. The professors and classes in both of these programs as well as the goals and achievements of my fellow students and scholars have constantly inspired me. Even in high school I had dreams of opening my own business in the hospitality industry, and I could not have found a better university than USC. I feel so blessed to have been granted the opportunities to sell my own products in the Healthy Carolina Farmers Market, study abroad in Chile, work and learn in the historic McCutchen House, work abroad in Spain and start my own business through my senior thesis. I hope to enter this business plan in the entrepreneurship competition on campus this fall and continue working on it part time after I graduate. I have learned in my time at the university to never stop learning and setting goals, and I still plan to open my own business, though ideally I will first find a career path in the hospitality industry that allows me to gain experience, continue studying Spanish and express my creativity as well.” Anna will graduate in December 2012. She is currently working in contract food service and restaurants, and she hopes to open her own business after gaining further experience in the industry.


scholars were recognized with the university’s top awards. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the university’s highest undergraduate honor, was presented to Nick Riley and Christina Galardi. The Steven N. Swanger Award was presented to Elizabeth Wilson. 23

“As a lifelong Gamecock, I have greatly enjoyed my time at USC. Some of the most meaningful activities that I was able to participate in were student leadership opportunities and chances to get directly involved in programs that paired with my interests, both of which were supported fully by the SCHC. Through the SCHC newsletter, I was able to learn about internship opportunities and was able to secure a position with Sustainable Carolina, an organization dedicated to sustainable development on campus. In this role, I was able to get hands-on experience with many different dimensions of sustainable development, with green building and planning, designing university-wide initiatives and sustainability education being just a few. With the support of Honors College funding, I was also able to play a role in the development of a ‘green leadership’ program at Sustainable Carolina that trains people of all ages in sustainable practices, shared leadership and grassroots organization. I also was able to work with fellow SCHC students to create Carolina Science Outreach, an organization devoted to getting students of all ages interested in learning more about science and making science education more engaging and fun. These opportunities contributed to my enjoyment of my four years at USC as well as helped prepare me for the next stage of my life.” Next year, Sam will enter the Master of Earth and Environmental Resource Management graduate degree program at the university. He will serve as a graduate assistant with the program.


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Student Government Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Biology During his four years, Sam spent a great deal of time at the Learning Center for Sustainable Futures working on a variety of projects pertaining to sustainability and the environment.

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McNair Scholar Blessed Trinity Catholic High School Marietta, Ga./Farmington, Conn. International Business and Finance Robert spent a great deal of time in the Thomas Cooper Library as an undergraduate, and he was happy to have a centralized location for all the resources he could ever need.

“‘A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else.’ — Mahtab Narsimhan. As I reflect upon my four years at Carolina, I find it difficult to imagine a more positive undergraduate experience. After a single campus tour, I was immediately drawn to the university by the strong international business program, the beautiful surroundings and the school’s clear commitment to providing students with the necessary tools for success on


scholars are university ambassadors, who lead campus tours and welcome guests to the Visitor Center.

every level. During my four years, I have had the opportunity to be involved in everything from Student Government and university ambassadors to Greek Life and several community service initiatives. I have had the opportunity to study abroad, represent the school at several conferences, perform research of my own and assist with faculty research. After May 2012, I will be able to say with conviction and enthusiasm that I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Despite the fact that I will be pursuing a career away from South Carolina and the university, I know that the lessons I’ve learned and the friends I’ve made will accompany me wherever I choose to go.” After graduation, Robert will be pursuing a career in financial services in New York City. He plans on working toward the chartered financial analyst (CFA) designation and an M.B.A. within the next five years.


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Anderson, S.C. Theatre Lauren is standing in front of Longstreet Theatre; she has been in five main stage shows and four Lab Theatre shows while at USC.

“During my time at USC I have been able to expand both my theatrical and personal experiences. I have acted in 11 full-length plays, including some of my favorite roles in ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone,’ ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘The Clean House.’ I received a Magellan Scholarship in spring 2010 that allowed me to attend The National Stage Combat Workshop, so I am now certified in six different weapons by the Society of American Fight Directors. I used those skills in my senior project to teach a five-week course in stage combat to 18 students at Blythewood High School, culminating in a performance of eight different Shakespeare scenes. I also used it to choreograph fights for six different shows, including ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ I studied abroad in Paris, France, during the fall semester of my junior year and took an Honors College Maymester course that took me all over Italy. I have served as secretary for one year and co-president for two years of Green Room Productions, a student organization devoted to promoting all undergraduate theater. I have adapted two original plays, one based on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and one on Ambrose Bierce short stories called ‘Sounds We Cannot Hear.’ In my final semester I directed my first full-length play, Arthur Miller’s ‘Broken Glass’ in the Lab Theatre. My time at USC has been fuller and more diverse than I ever imagined possible.” Lauren will work at the Monomoy Theater in Chatham, Mass., for the summer, working in their box office and choreographing their fights.


“It seems hard to put into words the four years that have led to where I am now

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sitting: at a campfire with a couple of best friends. These long four years have been too short. I suppose it doesn’t seem that way until you realize that your campfire days are numbered. Just as soon as it seems like I’ve got this college thing figured out, it’s time to move on.

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I guess that’s how it should be, and I hope I’m

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ready for what’s next. I think I am. These have

Like many students, Mark spent time on the university’s Horseshoe — a popular spot year round.

been four good years. The people around this campfire have grown a lot together at South Carolina, and it has been a privilege to see us formed, through intramural games, river trips and everything else, into the people we’re going to be when we try out the world. USC has done a good job with us. Because of it, we are all prouder of who we are, and of each other. Thus, at the end of four years, we’re content to sit and watch the fire burn out on our college careers, together, and happy to always be Gamecocks.” Mark will continue his education in graduate school at Auburn University’s Department of Communication and Journalism in pursuit of a career in sports administration and public relations.


scholars won Magellan Scholar Awards for undergraduate research this year. 27

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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Student Government Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Economics Dr. John McDermott, chair of the economics department, was Chase’s faculty mentor. They discussed the state of the economy and politics together at McCutchen House regularly over the course of four years.

“As a third-generation Gamecock and native Columbian, I thought I knew what to expect at Carolina. Four years later, I’m still finding new opportunities. I was fortunate enough to enter college knowing exactly what I wanted to study, but knowing what I wanted to study did not mean I knew how to go about doing it. The Carolina Scholar program offers students the opportunity to have a faculty mentor, a benefit that can help students figure out a path in their chosen discipline. I jumped on the chance and, four years later, I still have lunch with my faculty mentor a couple times a month. Dr. McDermott helped me become a research assistant for an economist in the department, wrote letters of recommendation to graduate schools and became my honors thesis advisor. He also encouraged me to enroll in the Washington Semester Program operated by the university. The program places students in internship positions in Washington, D.C., while living together in a group house on Capitol Hill and taking classes in the evening. I interned at the Council of Economic Advisers, an agency of the White House, meeting several prominent economists and learning quite a bit about how the executive branch operates. It was the best four months of my life. The following summer, I returned to D.C. and interned at the Center for American Progress to continue building up my resume. During my last semester at Carolina, the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs helped me prepare for a fellowship presentation. Being a Carolina Scholar at USC gave me the ability to explore my chosen discipline and prepared me for continuing in my field.” Chase will pursue a doctorate in economics at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Fellow.


shannon A d e l e Lo o n e y

McNair Scholar

“Throughout the challenge, fun, growth and general intensity of my time at the University of South Carolina, running has constantly been my center. I was fairly new to running freshman year, so there were many exciting possibilities in making it a habit. I experimented, running 13 races that year and

Henry Laurens Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae: French, biology, medical humanities, and linguistics The West Columbia River Walk, only about a mile from campus, is Shannon’s favorite place to run in Columbia.

the first marathon of my life the next. Since then, I have learned to love speeding up, and my senior year I ran a half marathon 18 minutes faster than my last personal record. However, the act of running is more important to me than any race. Pounding the pavement along the River Walk, I have discovered who I am. Of course, seeds of self-discovery were everywhere: in the classroom, in baking friendship bread and vegan treats for peers, in tutoring younger students, in fellowship at the Presbyterian Student Association, with Amnesty activists, at Relay for Life and in my two semesters spent abroad in Rennes, France, and Bamako, Mali. But wearing my well-worn shoes and letting my breath drown out the extraneous, I have sorted through the beautiful overstimulation of college to determine what is most important to me in life: above all, balance. The rest — medical school, service, family life or whatever else the future may hold — will follow.” Shannon will attend medical school at MUSC in Charleston, with the intention of studying general medicine and working with underprivileged populations.


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Caroline and Susan R. Guignard Scholarship Wando High School Isle of Palms, S.C. Biology, Pre-Med Courtney chose to take her picture on the Horseshoe because it holds a very special place in her heart.

“My journey at the University of South Carolina began and will end on the Horseshoe. In high school, I attended a USC music camp where I learned to conduct the USC fight song in front of McKissick. I lived near the Horseshoe as a freshman, so of course I had to come home as a senior. The Horseshoe is the first place I play when it snows or is sunny enough to throw a Frisbee. It’s also the first place I found the courage to sing along with my guitar in public. One of my favorite memories from Carolina is of camping overnight on the ’Shoe with hundreds of my closest friends in preparation for the broadcast of (ESPN’s) College GameDay, the sports show. I am grateful for the amazing opportunities to learn and serve that USC has provided inside and outside the classroom. I feel well prepared for a career in medicine. I have loved volunteering at the local Hispanic medical clinic, where I created an English class for the patients. I also had a blast studying abroad in Valladolid, Spain. My life at USC has been filled with incredible people and experiences that I will never forget. Go Carolina!” Courtney will attend medical school in North or South Carolina.


“Hailing from Charlotte, N.C., I grew up both a devoted Gamecock fan and a bibliophile, and so should have been unsurprised to find myself attending USC as an English major. In my time at USC, I was the treasurer of the INK! Undergraduate English Association for two years and helped found and run our first two annual literary conferences. I also became a brother of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity (and, for one year, served as my chapter’s scholarship chair), and even joined the Green Learning Community for a year. Academically, I was honored with a membership in Phi Beta Kappa and with awards from the English department three years in a row. Off campus, I spent my first two years volunteering as a youth advisor at a local Columbia church.

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Then, as a junior, I was hired as an unpaid marketing and Web intern at a local law firm in Columbia, and since then have been promoted to paid work and will begin working full time after graduation as the office coordinator/legal assistant. To say

McNair Scholar Saint Mary’s School Charlotte, N.C. English While the place I spent the greatest number of hours at USC was probably my room, it was always a treat to get out and do my work in a place where I could be with my friends, relax, and enjoy one of USC’s wonderful little nooks. The Colloquium, where this picture was taken, was the place I would go to reenergize with a snack or drink, to unwind before and between classes, and to meet up with friends and classmates. It was even the site of more than a few impromptu literary discussions--as well as the occasional eleventh-hour paper writing sessions. It was a great place for a little English major to curl up or spread out, and I will miss passing the time there.

that I enjoyed my time at USC is a gross understatement; I have positively thrived, and I will cherish my memories and experiences as long as what I have learned and gained here does me good (which is to say, for the rest of my life).” Brooke will work full-time as a legal assistant and office coordinator at the Law Office of Kenneth E. Berger in Columbia, while graduate school remains a possibility.


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“Born and raised in Greenwood, S.C., I graduated from Emerald High School before attending the University of South Carolina. At Emerald, I was a dedicated

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r John Rutledge Scholarship Emerald High School Greenwood, S.C. Biology Ben chose three props to represent the things that most impacted his time at USC: his love of sports, his major and the entrepreneurial spirit in business.

student and three-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball and baseball. I began my collegiate experience as a biomedical engineering major with the eventual goal of medical school. However, after a game-changing internship with the economic development organization EngenuitySC, I realized that I would rather pursue a career in the biotech industry. Now a biology major with a chemistry minor, I plan on pursuing graduate school through USC’s Professional Science Master Program.” Ben plans to continue his studies at the university.


“It is hard to believe that only four years ago, I was a budding freshman eager to get to know my new university and the unlimited opportunities afforded to me therein. Now that I’m a graduating senior and preparing to move on from the same university, I have not only the tangible effects of a degree, but also the intangibles of experience (both professional and personal), great friends and a bright future full of possibilities. My four years here have been full and productive; I have participated in projects ranging from networking research freshman year to my senior thesis project: a critical interactive exploring the ethical and logistical complications associated with disaster relief. In between, I have had

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the pleasure of working at the Center for Digital Humanities and with many members of USC’s exceptional faculty. Outside the classroom, I have enjoyed good meals around Columbia with friends, several semesters as a DJ at the campus radio station

ca r o l i na S c h o l a r John Rutledge Scholarship Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Computer Science

and many a game of Ultimate Frisbee. My past four years here at the University of South Carolina have been a great experience, and I look forward to keeping in touch with the Carolina community wherever life may

Throughout his time at USC, Maliek has worked on several software projects spanning multiple disciplines across campus. Here he stands in front of a prototype of his senior thesis project, Artemis Challenge, a critical interactive exploring the choices and consequences facing disaster relief first responders.

take me.” Maliek will move to Charlotte, N.C., to work as a Java developer for the Vanguard Group.


“When asked the question ‘What year are you?,’ I have a very difficult time keeping it simple. I thrive on intricacies, so I cannot say ‘senior.’ I must give the full explanation. This is probably one of the main reasons I find myself entering a field that morphs this apparently simple question into a complex one. Yes, this is my fourth year here. No, I will not graduate and receive a bachelor’s degree. No, I cannot be labeled a super senior because technically undergrad ended two years ago. I have two years left at South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and I am so happy my time does not end this year! Of course, there is more to it than that. I came to USC knowing no one, and now the Gamecocks are my enormous extended family. I have experienced encouraging words and challenging proposals, rough patches and great honors. The whirlwind personality of my USC family may feel like a garnet gauntlet at times, but as the end approaches, I see how very simple it all is. Really, all I want

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to do is turn around and run through all over again!” Jessica will earn her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the South Carolina College of Pharmacy in 2014. She plans to pursue residency training to specialize in pain management or infectious disease pharmacy.


McNair Scholar Our Lady of Mercy Academy Crestwood, Ky. Pharmacy The compounding lab was home to Jessica’s first hands-on pharmacy experience. This is where her love of pharmacy truly began.

sara moore

“Whenever I share the story of my four years at Carolina, the reaction is always the same: I couldn’t have found a better school than USC. The genuine feeling, supportive people and

McNair Scholar Wake Forest-Rolesville High School Wake Forest, N.C. Public Relations Sara is pictured in front of the McKissick Visitor Center. As a university ambassador, she has given tours to hundreds of students, parents and prospective athletes. The most rewarding feeling is when a student decides to come to USC based on their tour of campus.

the opportunities I had here allowed me to grow from a quiet freshman to who I am today. Over the last four years, I am thankful for everyone I’ve met. Coming into a university of more than 20,000 undergraduates by myself, I quickly found my new home in two organizations. Epsilon Sigma Alpha gave me a chance to give back to the community while receiving infinite love and support from my sisters. University ambassadors let me share my passion for Carolina with thousands of new students and also introduced me to many of my best friends. Sharing my experiences with tour groups each week is a reminder of everything I have done — from studying abroad in Valladolid, Spain, to internships in the community and leadership on campus. I am excited for new opportunities, and honored to be a new alumna of USC!” Sara will be pursuing a career in public relations in North or South Carolina while continuing to volunteer in her community.


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“I could list so many people here at USC — professors, faculty, staff and other students — who have made an impact on me academically and personally, and I am very thankful that list will continue to grow as I finish out my last two years of pharmacy school. There is Jan Smoak, who knew my name as soon as I met her for the first time face-to-face. Dr. Showman not only made biology class into the highlight of my day but also was an excellent mentor long after the semester was over. When Ted

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r John Rutledge Scholarship Ben Lippen High School Columbia, S.C. Pharmacy Spending most afternoons throughout her time at USC teaching gymnastics, Michelle took joy in teaching “her girls” in practice and coaching them during several competitions each year.

Rosengarten led our wonderful trip through Poland and Germany, Julia was my constant travel buddy as we saw and experienced so many new things. There is something to say about a professor who teaches organic chemistry at 8 a.m. and still came highly recommended; not only did I enjoy organic chemistry but also, through all my questions and confusions, Dr. Lavigne was patient to explain and re-explain until I understood. Ms. Kathy Quarles-Moore is the smiling face that can brighten any day. Finally, there is Jessica; she continues to be my ‘other half’ in pharmacy school. I wish I had the time and space to tell about all of them and how they have shaped my time at USC. To everyone at USC who has encouraged, challenged, listened and simply been my friend, I am forever thankful.”


Michelle will finish her final two years of pharmacy school and then, most likely, pursue a clinical pharmacy residency.

“Both of my parents attended Carolina,

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and I’ve known that I would be a Gamecock since I was 7 years old. Two of my high school teachers had attended the Honors College and discussed it with me when I mentioned that I planned on attending USC. I applied and decided to enroll in the SCHC.

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The SCHC has given me the ‘tightknit’ family

USC Athletic Department Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. Corporate Finance

feel that I could have experienced at a smaller institution. Whenever I needed study buddies or someone to play basketball with, my SCHC friends were my family. In May 2010,

The Moore School of Business served as Jackie’s home for his undergraduate career.

I was saying goodbye to my honors advisor. As I was leaving, I noticed a woman in the office near the elevator who I had not met before. I stepped into her office to introduce myself. Little did I know, this would prove to be one of the most meaningful connections that I would make in my undergraduate career. The woman was Beth Watson, director of internship programs for the SCHC. After speaking with me, she put me in touch with First Citizens Bank in downtown Columbia. First Citizens hired me as an intern. The experiences I gained from my two summers as a First Citizens intern allowed me to land a full-time job offer with General Electric a year before I graduated.” Jackie will join GE Capital’s Financial Management Program in Connecticut.


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McNair Scholar The McCallie School Lexington, Ky. International Business and Finance Russ is outside the office where he has spent more than two years interning and now working part time as an analyst for TCG & Associates, a team within Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

“I have been working for Merrill Lynch since my sophomore year when I was an intern, and now I am employed part time. I have been able to apply the theoretical knowledge from the classroom into real-world scenarios and gain a greater understanding of the financial field and where I want my future to be. Deciding where to attend college was not an easy decision for me. I was apprehensive about attending such a large school where I knew no other freshmen. But receiving the McNair scholarship helped make that decision much easier. I knew that if I did not accept such a great opportunity then I would have regretted it for the rest of my life. As my time at the University of South Carolina comes to a close, I look back on my undergraduate experience with fond memories. The experiences I have had at South Carolina have helped me shape my worldview and the way in which I interact with those around me. Throughout my time at South Carolina I connected with many professors and other staff who have helped increase my academic and emotional intelligence. I have truly learned the importance of hard work and perseverance, two characteristics that will be greatly beneficial moving forward in my life. Through these past four years I have grown extremely fond of Columbia and the university and look forward to regular visits when I will be able to return ‘home.’” Russ currently does portfolio design work, value investing analysis and financial modeling for Merrill Lynch and upon graduation in December will be pursuing a job at a hedge fund or venture capital firm.



scholars participated in Discovery Day. Of those, eight received first place, and one received second place; 36 percent of the 22 won!

nicole R h e i n l and e r

McNair Scholar Rochester Adams High School Rochester Hills, Mich. International Business, Accounting During her years at USC, Nicole spent time each summer studying abroad in Germany and Italy, creating a lasting addiction to travel and a desire to explore the world and its cultures.

“When I started running cross-country my junior year of high school, I swore I would never go to school in any state where there was the possibility of snow for half the year. Running became such a crucial part of my daily life, I couldn’t handle living where the weather made me miserable to go out and run. So when applying for schools, any in Michigan were out of the question. During my road trip of college visits, though, USC was a last-minute addition we just happened to stop by while passing through the state. But it was an incredible find, and it has continued to surprise me with the seemingly endless opportunities available here. When asked why I chose USC, I always had my standard answer: ‘With the top international business program, an opportunity to run cross-country and track at a D1 school, warmer weather and a full academic scholarship … it was pretty much a no-brainer.’ While those were the reasons why I initially decided to come, there have been so many more reasons I’ve stayed and truly loved my time here at Carolina. From stepping up to the challenges of running and competing for a D1 athletics team, to studying abroad in Germany and Italy, to skydiving with the Flying Gamecocks club, every opportunity I’ve had these past four years has impacted me in some way, allowing me to grow into the person I am today. I learned how to lead by example, how to adapt to different cultures and to be open to new experiences and try things I typically wouldn’t choose … like barbecue, or shrimp and grits, which have surprisingly become foods I now crave. While my years here may be done, I’ll always hold on to the memories and friends I’ve made — they’ve become my family, and South Carolina has become my home.” Nicole will move to Greenville, S.C., in October and work for KPMG, one of the Big Four international public accounting firms.


caitlin S t r ac h an

“For those who have not attended the University of South Carolina, mentioning USC in conversation inevitably leads to simple discussions of SEC football games, the Horseshoe and gorgeous weather year-round. While jumping to ‘Sandstorm,’ studying

McNair Scholar Troy High School Troy, Ohio Geography Caitlin is proudly sporting her Carolina T-shirt at Machu Picchu during her Maymester in Peru. Her class traveled to the Pacific Ocean coast in Lima, the Andes Mountains in Cusco and the Amazon Rainforest in Iquitos.

on the Horseshoe and donning shorts in February have all undoubtedly added enjoyment to my remarkable experience, hearing ‘USC’ engenders thoughts and emotions that run much deeper than those held by non-alumni. From playing Club Tennis to planning Recyclemania to volunteering at City Roots urban farm and Project Pet, my extracurricular activities have been diverse and extremely meaningful. Even more memorable have been my academic experiences within the Department of Geography. After changing my major to geography on a whim at the end of sophomore year, I spent the next two years wondering how I could have studied anything else. I even had the privilege of spending a Maymester traveling around and studying the geography of Peru. Somewhere between hiking at Machu Picchu and boating down the Amazon River, I realized that I had chosen the coolest major ever! I am looking forward to another two years in Gamecock Country as I pursue a master’s degree in geography. While I may not always be a South Carolinian, I will forever be a Gamecock, and I will jump at the opportunity to fondly share my memories with those who have not had the pleasure of being a student at the University of South Carolina.” This summer, Caitlin will be interning in the GIS program of the S.C. Forestry Commission. She will be attending graduate school for a master’s degree in geography at USC this fall. After that, Caitlin hopes to work as a physical geographer for a conservation organization.


“Who knew that four years could be

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so different? I am forced to recollect, and with each year comes a myriad of images, sounds and feelings. Freshman year: dorms, a lab and a really cool song by MGMT. Sophomore year: math, new projects and a filthy living room. Junior

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Pepsi-Cola Company Scholarship Waccamaw High School Pawleys Island, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae: Physics, Philosophy of Science and Social Elements of Science This photo, taken on the campus of the South Carolina State House, is one of Jim’s favorite spots in Columbia.

year: physics, research and Carolina Science Outreach (affectionately referred to as CSO). Senior year: applications, thesis and a whole lot of ‘what am I going to do next!?’ So I have certainly abbreviated. The point is simple. My time at Carolina has been filled with diverse, enriching and inspiring opportunities that I will never forget, and that propel me to new, exciting places. I will be forever grateful to this university, and to Pepsi of Columbia, for the Carolina Scholarship and the experiences and successes it has allowed me to realize. Looking forward, I know that the last four years, including all of their quirks, prepared me thoroughly for whatever comes next (physics grad school somewhere). After May 5, 2012, I will be proud to call USC my alma mater.” Jim will attend physics graduate school at Oxford University, England, where he will hopefully pursue theory work in nuclear/ particle physics. He plans to one day earn a Ph.D.


ryan Teel

McNair Scholar West Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Chemical Engineering Ryan got this shot on the top of Mt. Fuji in front of the volcanic crater.

“It was four in the afternoon, or was it four in the morning? I had just jumped across 12 time zones and landed on a runway in the middle of the ocean at Japan’s Osaka International Airport. This trip was already promising to be an interesting one. My study abroad experience in Japan was in many ways a smaller expression of my time at college in that it was a once-in-a-lifetime journey that offered many unique opportunities that I wouldn’t have had anywhere else. Climbing Mt. Fuji, writing a grant proposal, working at a biotech company for a summer and simply enjoying a sunny spring afternoon watching a national championship baseball team taking care of business were just a few of these opportunities. Through the collective experiences that I’ve had here, the university has made an indelible imprint on my life. As my journey continues on, the mark that the University of South Carolina has made on me will in turn be rubbing off onto the new places that I go.” Ryan plans to attend law school in the fall.


“Research has defined my experi-

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ence here at USC. I started off in marine science, and after adding a chemistry major in my second semester, I quickly joined a research group. Since then, I have conducted research in the lab, along the South Carolina coast, on

McNair Scholar

three oceanographic expeditions in the

Vicksburg High School Vicksburg, Mich. Chemistry and Marine Science

Sargasso Sea near Bermuda and in Ger-

Stephen spent his sophomore year living on the Horseshoe in DeSaussure. The building, which used to be called Old North Building, was the inspiration for his bluegrass group, The Old North String Band.

many’s North Sea. The experience I’ve gained through this variety of work in addition to my classes has truly prepared me for what lies ahead: graduate school investigating the fate of organic contaminants in the environment. It may sound as if the last four years of my life have been all work, but there’s been plenty of time for fun, too. Through intramural sports I discovered my love of volleyball, and have since joined the men’s indoor club team as well as competed in multiple local outdoor tournaments. My main passion, however, is still music, whether it be playing guitar or Dobro on the back porch or traveling as far as Arkansas with my friends to go to a music festival. I’ve loved every second of my time here at USC — Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!” Stephen will attend the University of California-Irvine to pursue a master’s and Ph.D. in environmental engineering.


“When I was growing up, adults would often ask, ‘What’s your favorite subject in school?’ To this day, I have just as much trouble choosing a single answer as I did back then. Some may call this indecisiveness, but I call it a yearning for diversified learning. The decision to narrow my area of interest to sciences and math by attending SCGSSM (South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics) was the hardest yet. Saying ‘yes’ meant that I would leave a long-held devotion to competitive swimming and a love for playing my oboe in youth orchestra, not to mention moving away from close friends and family. But at the same time, I couldn’t possibly pass up this huge opportunity. While living and studying there I not only gained a great education, lifelong friends and leadership experiences, I was also given my first true taste of the research process. One summer spent in a neurochemistry lab under great mentors at USC’s School of Medicine helped ease my decision to study biology at USC. While my dream has been to study medicine, which I consider to be the practical marriage of anthropology and human biology, USC has allowed me the privilege to pursue both interests. My favorite courses have been service-learning courses, which have opened the door to my passion for serving the largely ignored Hispanic community in free health clinics around Columbia. I have even lived, served and studied in communities of the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. I thank USC’s professors, donors, staff and student organizations for allowing me a multifaceted gem of a college experience.” Hannah is finishing her biology degree with a double in anthropology this fall while she also finishes her senior thesis. Her thesis concerns the diabetes narrative of Hispanic women in free clinics. Next spring she will have finished applying to a range of medical programs and other global health programs. She plans to continue serving Hispanic communities in Columbia and in South America.


hannah Van Pat t e n

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Class of 1942 Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Columbia, S.C. Anthropology and Biology For Hannah, the pool is the best place to zone out, reflect and wash away worries.

“Four years ago, I regularly wore orange and purple and rooted for two teams: my beloved Tigers and anyone who played Carolina. Four years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that I would wind up here, a proud senior at USC. I come from a big family of Clemson graduates, so I’ve spent the past four years defending USC — and our sports teams — at most family events. Not once, though, have I regretted becoming the ‘family traitor.’ I’ve fallen in love with my soon-to-be alma mater, and I can’t honestly say that I’m ready to move on. I’ll miss the student section of Williams-Brice Stadium and the joy of Carolina baseball on a sunny spring day. I’ll

lauren Wa l l ac e

ca r o l i na S c h o l a r Mr. and Mrs. Julius H. Walker Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Public Relations Lauren was thrilled to attend every home football game this year. She (right) and friend Jenni Knight are pictured here at the USC-Florida game.

miss looking out my window and seeing the Horseshoe. And more than anything, I’ll miss regularly seeing all of the friends I’ve made over the years. In a few short months I’ll be starting my first year of law school I can only hope that it becomes the home away from home that Carolina has been. Two things are certain, though: I’ll still be wearing garnet and black, and I’ll always be a Gamecock.” Lauren will attend law school at the University of Florida and hopes to study family law.


“Four years ago, I was a high school senior awaiting graduation and committed to attending the University of South Carolina. At the time, I was excited about the opportunities I would find at Carolina, but also slightly disappointed that I chose to remain in my

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hometown instead of venturing out of state. Now, as I look back on the past four years, I realize that staying close to home at Carolina was the best decision I ever made. Being a student at USC has provided many opportunities for me inside and outside the classroom. I had the privilege of studying four languages during my time here, in addition to learning international relations theory from many knowledgeable and passionate people. The capital city of Columbia also made possible my four years as a page with the Ways and Means Committee of the S.C.

ca r o l i na S c h o l a r Jack S. Graybill Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. International Studies and Spanish Alyssa is pictured in the Ways and Means Committee room with Chairman Brian White, former chairman Dan Cooper and Ways and Means staff in honor of her time spent working for the committee from 2008 to 2012.

House of Representatives, where I learned invaluable lessons about politics and our state while forging lifelong professional relationships. Attending Carolina also allowed me to cultivate the relationships that are dearest to my heart, from old friends attending USC and new friends met through Maxcy College and English classes, to my high school sweetheart (and fellow Carolina student) who is now my husband. Few of these relationships and experiences would have been possible had I not spent these four years at Carolina. Above all, being a Carolina Scholar has allowed me to find new appreciation for the hometown I was once so anxious to leave. I am thankful to be a part of the Carolina family, and I know in more ways than one that Carolina will always be my home.� Alyssa is conducting a job search with the intention of working in state or federal government. She also plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Master of Arts in Security Studies.


“I will always look back fondly on my two and a half years at Carolina. Although I originally planned to stay on campus for four years, my desire to explore the world led me to spend three semesters studying abroad. After my first study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, which was spent hiking glaciers in Patagonia, paragliding over Malbec vineyards and trying to tango, I wanted to explore more of South America. Under the guidance of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, as well as my professors, I won a Boren Scholarship that funded one year of study in Sao Paulo to learn Portuguese. Although I sadly missed two football seasons at USC, I improved my language skills immensely and was able to fulfill my childhood dream of canoeing in the Amazon. USC gave me so many opportunities to pursue my passions and a wonderful support network. During my short time on campus, I volunteered with my sorority, Omega Phi Alpha, planned sustainability events with Net Impact and tutored student-athletes. Fortunately I

india Wells

McNair Scholar Walt Whitman High School Bethesda, Md. International Business and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management During her study abroad in Brazil, India visited the historical city of Salavador for Carnaval.

will be staying in South Carolina for work, so I look forward to attending football games as an alumna and keeping in touch with all the great people I’ve met at USC.” India will join the Engineering and Operations Management Development Program at BMW.


“Growing up in a small town in South Carolina, I always longed to escape to far-off places where I could experience new cultures, learn new languages and expand my horizons. It may seem strange, then, that I chose a university just over an hour’s drive from my hometown as the venue to explore my dreams. In reality, however, the University of South Carolina, the Carolina Scholars Program and the generosity of my donor, Mrs. Frances Fawcett, opened the door to more opportunities than I could have dreamed possible. As an international studies and Russian double major at USC, I benefited from the outstanding guidance and support of dedicated professors who prepared me for the linguistic and cultural challenges I would face abroad and helped me begin the path to becoming a Foreign Service Officer — the profession I hope to pursue. I was also able to study in Germany with a USC-led program and in Russia, first as a Boren Scholar and then as a Critical Language Scholar. I even returned to Russia a third time to conduct research for my senior thesis with a Magellan research grant from USC. As an intern at the U.S. Department of State in my senior year, putting to use the incredible experiences and knowledge my USC education has provided me was the icing on the cake of my undergraduate career. As I move on to begin my graduate studies, I feel confident in the knowledge that I could not have had a better, more fulfilling undergraduate experience at any other institution.” Jasmine will remain in Columbia to work at EdVenture Children’s Museum as part of the team administering a graduate class for elementary school teachers. Next year, Jasmine plans to attend graduate school either for international relations or Russian area studies. She has been accepted to the Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies Master’s Program at Harvard University, as well as the CERES (the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies) M.A. program at Georgetown University with a full tuition scholarship.


jasmine W h e l an

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r James A. Morris Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. Russian and International Studies Jasmine spent a year in Russia on a NSEP scholarship.

elizabeth Ruth Wilson

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r First Citizens Bank Corporation Scholarship Georgetown High School Georgetown, S.C. International Business, Finance, Management Science, Marketing and Real Estate In January 2011, Elizabeth Ruth founded the Regalia for Hope Project, which provides handmade earrings for female cancer patients. Aside from academics, service endeavors such as the RforH Project have been the highlight of her career at the university.

“Expect the unexpected. When I arrived at the university a mere three years ago to begin this amazing experience, I had no idea how I would make an impact but believed that I would, and that desire has definitely come to fruition. Challenging the limit of impossibility and traversing the less-traveled road became my pursuit, essentially, maximizing what it means to be a scholar. However, expecting the unexpected was not only something that I wanted other individuals to perceive of my career, but also soon characterized the true journey that I embarked on when I


of the eight Congressional Advisory Board members are Carolina Scholars, both sophomores: Jessica Kaczmarek and Sam Somani.

stepped foot on campus in fall 2009 – maturation through Christ. As I trusted Him more, I soon realized that my ability to achieve was increased at the same time that my love for service was heightened. I engaged in unexpected endeavors, including study abroad in Spain and founding the Regalia for Hope Project, while subconsciously preparing for the unexpected next chapter in my life — a Ph.D. With graduation in just a few weeks, I am thankful for the donors who have helped make my experience possible and humbled by the support I have received; however, I also give praise to God for being my best friend along this incredible ride. I could not have done it without Him.” Elizabeth Ruth will pursue a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Her doctoral research will focus on corporate social responsibility and East Africa.


“Somebody once told me that it takes 10 years for every cell in our

susanne E l i z ab e t h W o l ff

C a r o l i na S c h o l a r Jennifer M. and Mack I. Whittle Scholarship Southside High School Mauldin, S.C. International Business, Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

bodies to be replaced, meaning we effectively regenerate over the course of a decade, becoming (physically, at least) a completely different person. I have no idea if this is true (I’m a business major and prefer to leave science to the professionals), but, assuming that it is, I am at least 40 percent of a different person than the one who carried her bags into Maxcy in 2008. In these past four years I’ve sloughed off parts of my old self on rooftops, in rivers, in tents. I’ve grown a new self cell by cell in Taiwan, Germany, in classes, at home. What’s changed the most is my mind: it’s been expanded, changed and boggled more in my time here than I could have ever anticipated. I’d like to thank those who helped me grow in all these different ways: parents, teachers, advisors and friends above all.

Getting a bird’s-eye view of Columbia helps Susi (right) keep things in perspective.

Looking into the future, standing at the start of the next major transition in my life, I’m not sure where I’ll be or I’ll be doing. However, I will always appreciate my time at USC, becoming the person I am now.” Susi is going into the field of supply chain management, making the world go round (efficiently).


First-Year Scholar Mentors Dr. Katherine Barbieri, Associate Professor, Political Science

Dr. Fernanda Ferreira, Professor, Psychology

Dr. John McDermott, Professor, Business

Dr. Abdel Bayoumi, Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Kristia Finnigan, Director of Academic Programs, Office of the Provost

Dr. Gerald McDermott, Associate Professor, Business

Dr. William Bearden, Professor, Business Dr. Charles Bierbauer, Dean, Mass Communications and Information Studies Dr. McKinley Blackburn, Professor, Business (Top to bottom) Dr. John McDermott serves as a mentor to Mason Smith, a Carolina Scholar. The purple team takes a rest at the FirstYear Scholars retreat — a day on the ropes. Pictured are (left to right) Jenni Knight, Hilary Martin, Lydia Adams, Elisha Zhang and Emily Graczyk. Knight and Graczyk are members of the Retreat Team, a group of upperclassman scholars who plan and help facilitate the retreat. Professor Jim Burns and his mentee, Carolina Scholar Drew Dixon, spend time at the Faculty Mentor Reception Aug. 29, 2011.

Dr. Matt Boylan, Associate Professor, Mathematics Professor Jim Burns, Senior Associate Dean, Honors College Dr. Donna Chen, Associate Professor, Chemistry Dr. Erin Connolly, Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Don Fowler, Adjunct Faculty, Political Science Dr. Hal French, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies Dr. Francis Gadala-Maria, Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Edie Goldsmith, Associate Professor, Medicine Dr. Ling Harris, Assistant Professor, Business Dr. Jean Helwege, Professor, Business

Dr. Melissa Moss, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Dr. Edward Munn Sanchez, Associate Dean, Honors College Dr. Tom Regan, Associate Professor, Sport and Entertainment Management Dr. Esther Richey, Associate Professor, English Dr. Robert Rolfe, Professor, Business Dr. Jerel Rosati, Professor, Political Science Dr. Kendall Roth, Chair, Business

Dr. David Hudgens, Associate Director I.M.B.A., Business

Dr. Rich Showman, Chair, Biological Sciences

Professor Tom Hughes, Lecturer, Business

Dr. Andrew Spicer, Associate Professor, Business

Dr. Audrey Korsgaard, Professor, Business

Dr. Tangali Sudarshan, Chair, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Tatiana Kostova, Professor, Business

Dr. David Tedeschi, Professor, Physics

Dr. Chaden Djalali, Chair, Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Steve Lynn, Dean, Honors College

Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Provost

Dr. Rudy Mancke, Adjunct Professor, Environment

Dr. Marco Valtorta, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Lara Ducate, Associate Professor, Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Dr. Manton Matthews, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Joshua Cooper, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Dr. Sara Corwin, Clinical Associate Professor, Public Health Dr. John Dawson, Carolina Distinguished Professor, Chemistry

Dr. Caroline Eastman, Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Dr. Lydia Matesic, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Dr. Scott Vandervelde, Associate Professor, Business Dr. David Wethey, Professor, Biological Sciences Dr. Chris Williams, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r s Artem Aleshin University Associates Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics

Greer Baxter Joseph Land Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pharmacy


Purva Choudhari Class of 1964 Reunion Fund Scholarship Orangeburg Preparatory Schools Orangeburg, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Rachel Despres Chris Vlahoplus Scholarship Ben Lippen School Columbia, S.C. Spanish and International Studies

Cole Franks William B. Douglas Scholarship Southside High School Greenville, S.C. Mathematics and Physics

Tyler French

Elise Porter

Kali Esancy

Jenni Knight

William B. Douglas Scholarship Wade Hampton High School Taylors, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

S.C. State Fair Scholarship Home Schooled Columbia, S.C. English

North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville, N.C. Biology and French

E.C. Glass High School Lynchburg, Va. Broadcast Journalism

Katherine Gause

Sarah Robbins

Tom Finch

Michael Lambert

Grace King Merchant Scholarship West Florence High School Florence, S.C. International Business, Marketing and English

Classes of 1936, 1937 and 1966 Scholarship Carolina Forest High School Conway, S.C. Pharmacy

J.M. Atherton High School Louisville, Ky. Political Science

Alabama School of Fine Arts Helena, Ala. English and French

Kara Garrott

Kyra Marsigliano

Ben Haggard

Tori Seigler

Cypress Creek High School Gotha, Fla. Biomedical Engineering

Bard High School Early College Staten Island, N.Y. Marine Science

Isabelle Caldwell Penland Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Electrical Engineering

Thomas Moore Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Christopher Gauger

Maddie McDowell

Kirstie Hewson

Garrett Snipes

A.C. Reynolds High Asheville, N.C. Pharmacy

Saint John’s School Houston, Texas Advertising

Ralph David Neuman Scholarship White Knoll High School West Columbia, S.C. Psychology

William B. Douglas Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Public Health

Trey Gordner

Clay Mettens Scott High School Covington, Ky. Music Composition

Amit Kumar

Mark Taylor

Jack Britt High School Fayetteville, N.C. International Business and Management

Patrick L. Tomlin Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Broadcast Journalism

R.L. Bryan Company Scholarship South Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Biology and History

Emily Graczyk

Riverwood High School Atlanta, Ga. International Studies and Economics

Lizzie Mahoney J. Willis Cantey Scholarship Aiken High School Aiken, S.C. Public Relations

Danya Nayfeh Class of 1965 Reunion Fund Scholarship Lugoff-Elgin High School Lugoff, S.C. International Studies

Christine Noonan Class of 1967 Scholarship South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Beaufort, S.C. Biology

Katie Pennington Progress Energy Scholarship Brookland-Cayce High School Cayce, S.C. Pharmacy

M c N a i r sc h o l a r s Paulina Berkovich Laurel School Cleveland, Ohio International Business and Marketing

Megan Brown Seven Lakes High School Katy, Texas Public Health

Brooke Carroll Castle High School Newburgh, Ind. Biomedical Engineering and English

Janet Crook The School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science at Olympic High School Charlotte, N.C. Pharmacy

East Rowan High School Salisbury, N.C. Biomedical Engineering

Adam Griffith Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. Chemistry

Timothy Hamrick East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Mathematics

Amy Hill Carroll Radford High School Radford, Va. Chemistry

Hannah Miller

Ross Roessler Worcester Preparatory School Bishopville, Md. Computer Engineering

Amy Upshaw Sullivan South High School Kingsport, Tenn. International Studies and Economics

Amanda Williams Milton High School Milton, Ga. Biomedical Engineering

Hali Kerr Dulaney High School Cockeysville, Md. Marine Science

Adam Kess Centennial High School Roswell, Ga. International Business and Finance


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r s Avnika Amin William B. Douglas Scholarship Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Columbia, S.C. Biomedical Engineering and International Studies

Runjhun Bhatia G.G. Dowling Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Public Health


Marc-Olivier Blais USC Athletic Department Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Lawton Burkhalter David W. Robinson Scholarship Chapin High School Chapin, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Alice Chang

Niki Koutroulakis

Clyde C. Rice Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Summerville, S.C. International Business and Economics

Bernice and Mason Hubbard Scholarship Dreher High School Columbia, S.C. Chemical Engineering

Will Culp

Sarah Law

Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Scholarship Christ Church Episcopal School Greenville, S.C. International Business and Accounting

Carolina Alumni Association Scholarship Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Elgin, S.C. Biological Science

Tina Drake

Emily Padget

Thomas B. Pearce Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Bank of America Scholarship Richland Northeast High School Columbia, S.C. Political Science

Leila Heidari

Savannah Poskevich

Class of 1939 Reunion Fund Scholarship Cardinal Newman High School Columbia, S.C. Biology

Class of 1953 Scholarship Dorman High School Moore, S.C. Pharmacy

Katie Rose Higgins

William H. and Ruth C. Bond Scholarship S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Greenville, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Wells Fargo Scholarship First Baptist Church School Charleston, S.C. Business

Michael Hood Class of 1938 Scholarship Irmo High School Irmo, S.C. Baccalaureaus Artium et Scientiae

Priyanka Juneja Bank of America Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. International Business

Jessica Kaczmarek Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship North Augusta High School North Augusta, S.C. Chemistry

Jake Ross

Samruddhi Somani Caroline and Susan R. Guignard Scholarship Northwood Academy Summerville, S.C. Economics

Felician Stratmann Bank of America Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Finance and Accounting

Mackenzie Sunday R.C. McEntire and Company Inc. Scholarship A.C. Flora High School Columbia, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

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Sally Harrill

Tim Barnhill

East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Psychology

Cypress Woods High School Cypress, Texas Chemical Engineering

Matt Barragan Terry Sanford Senior High School Fayetteville, N.C. Civil Engineering and Biology

Salem Carriker North Mecklenburg High School Huntersville, N.C. Anthropology and Biology

Chance Cockrell Southeast Guilford High School Julian, N.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Cameron Cox Douglas Southall Freeman High School Richmond, Va. International Studies

Brendan Croom duPont Manual High School Louisville, Ky. Mechanical Engineering

Megan Early Myers Park High School Charlotte, N.C. Business and Fashion Merchandising

Sarah Ellis West Forsyth High School Clemmons, N.C. Print Journalism

Elizabeth Farmer Anderson High School Cincinnati, Ohio French and Spanish

Rachael Foust Oak Ridge High School Oak Ridge, Tenn. International Business, Marketing and Finance

Brad Harris Worcester Preparatory School Rehoboth Beach, Del. Mechanical Engineering

Kathryn Kingsmore South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte, N.C. Biomedical Engineering

Gerry Koons Radnor High School Wayne, Pa. Biomedical Engineering

Jacob LeGrone South Mecklenburg High School Pineville, N.C. Public Health

Clara Logue Jefferson High School Jefferson, Ga. Music Performance

Noël Marsh Wilde Lake High School Ellicott City, Md. Religious Studies and Psychology

Devin Pascoe Stanton College Preparatory School Jacksonville, Fla. Advertising

Elizabeth Sinclair Cor Jesu Academy St. Louis, Mo. Accounting

Allie Turgeon Rham High School Andover, Conn. Biology and Spanish

Luke Wachsmuth Cartersville High School Kingston, Ga. Biology


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C a r o l i na S c h o l a r s Connor Bain Solomon Blatt Scholarship Irmo High School Columbia, S.C. Computer Science and Mathematics

Anna Catherine Caldwell J. Rion McKissick Scholarship Easley High School Easley, S.C. Exercise Science


Matt Coleman Wells Fargo Scholarship Westminster/Catawba High School Rock Hill, S.C. International Business

Drew Dixon Calhoun Thomas Sr. Scholarship Hammond School Columbia, S.C. Chemistry

Thomas Fisher Jr.

Nathan Sairam

Carolyn Holderman and James Holderman Scholarship Ben Lippen School Columbia, S.C. International Business

William H. Duncan Scholarship Lexington High School Lexington, S.C. Biological Sciences and Mathematics

Georgia Froman

Bill Dukes and Blue Marlin Scholarship Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Hopkins, S.C. Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae

Edward R. Ginn III Scholarship Southside High School Simpsonville, S.C. International Studies

Delaney Horel Joseph Cardinal L. Bernardin Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Biomedical Engineering

Nick Liger Louisa Ellerbe and John L.M. Tobias Scholarship St. James High School Myrtle Beach, S.C. Physics

Hilary Martin Mrs. Hubbard H. Harris Scholarship Boiling Springs High School Boiling Springs, S.C. Biological Sciences

Thad Moore Pierce Butler Scholarship Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Columbia, S.C. Political Science

Nina Panvelker Charles Pinckney Scholarship Wilson High School Florence, S.C. Biological Sciences

Drew Patterson Terminix Scholarship Blythewood High School Blythewood, S.C. Electrical Engineering

Michael Prowse Bank of America Scholarship Riverside High School Greer, S.C. Business Administration

Tori Sharpe

Mason Smith Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship Harrow International School Newberry, S.C. International Business (IBCE) and Finance

Tyler Smith

M c N a i r sc h o l a r s Lydia Adams Bearden High School Knoxville, Tenn. International Business

Emily Andreoli Hopewell High School Huntersville, N.C. International Business

Emma De Neef

Viki Knapp Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Hinsdale, Ill. Marine Science

Andrew Kovtun Solon High School Solon, Ohio International Business

Kenny Morris III

Mallard Creek High School Charlotte, N.C. Biology and Environmental Science?

Cape Fear Academy Wilmington, N.C. International Business (IBCE) and Finance

Christina Dooley

Kyla Risko

Roswell High School Roswell, Ga. International Business

South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte, N.C. Chemical Engineering

Andrea Eggleston

Tyler Roberts

A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Dutch Fork High School Irmo, S.C. Computer Science

Millard North High School Omaha, Neb. Biomedical Engineering

Hopewell High School Huntersville, N.C. Biological Sciences

Elizabeth Gergel

Bailey Sanford

Thomas Spurgeon

Asheville High School Asheville, N.C. Music Performance

Mr. and Mrs. Tom B. Pearce Scholarship Shannon Forest Christian School Greenville, S.C. Broadcast Journalism

Becky Thompson A.T. and Frances Chalk Scholarship Academic Magnet High School Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Psychology

Taylor Treece Kit and James T. Pearce Sr. Scholarship North Myrtle Beach High School Myrtle Beach, S.C. Political Science

Savannah Grunewald Madison Central High School Madison, Miss. International Business

Miller Hane McKinley Senior High School Baton Rouge, La. International Business

Kate Hayworth The Early College at Guilford Summerfield, N.C. English and History

Tom Horne East Rutherford High School Bostic, N.C. Biological Sciences

South Mecklenburg High School Charlotte, N.C. Elementary Education and Religious Studies

Kristi Sutherland Seaholm High School Bloomfield Hills, Mich. International Business

David Wheaton Carrboro High School Chapel Hill, N.C. Mathematics

Elisha Zhang Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte, N.C. International Business (IBCE), Finance and Global Supply Chain and Operations Management

Siobhan Kibbey Poolesville High School Gaithersburg, Md. International Business


Alumni Class of 1972 Betty Anne Williams

Class of 1973 James R. Banks John Michael Coxe Stanley David Hudnall Cynthia Lyle Ledbetter Robert Mathew Riley Richard Schwartz Linda Harvey Stephens William Stokes Taylor

Class of 1974 Christopher Thomas Bardi Susan C. Bryan Sarah B. Clarkson Brian Maurice Desatnik David Michael Garman William C. Hubbard Catherine F. Jervey Steven W. Lynn Jonathan Z. McKown Jr. Alex W. Ramsay James Gregory Welborn R. Marshall Winn III

(Top to bottom) In September 2011, a group of McNair Scholars participated in the first Bow Tie Run to remember former university President Andrew Sorensen. The 5K was a benefit for Dr. Sorensen’s favorite program, Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Pictured are Daniela Ramirez and McNair Scholars Caroline Crouch, India Wells, Ryan Teel and Molly Doggett. This year’s Carolina Scholars Association officers are Lauren Wallace, Katie Pennington (chair), Lizzie Mahoney, Jessica Kaczmarek and Taylor Treece. The 2011-12 McNair Scholars Association officers are Megan Brown, Caroline Crouch, Stephen Timko (chair), Gerry Koons and Kristi Sutherland.

Class of 1975 Terry Dugas Christine Hager Feely Armida Jennings Gilbert Anna Louise Larson Kathleen Crum McKinney William F. Rinehart Nancy Stepp Rogan Pamela George Stone

Class of 1976 Thomas R. Bolt Francenia B. Heizer James C. Howell Charles B. Murdock Kerry J. Northrup

Class of 1977 Joseph S. Brockington Porter W. Gregory III W. Lanier Laney Thomas R. McNeal Richard D. Michaelson Jr. Daniel N. Sansbury Caryle Schlea Vann

Class of 1978 Johnathan W. Bryan Wilson W. Bryan Edgar G. DesChamps III Daniel Dale Hanle William Martin Jones John B. McArthur


Melton Parris III Joseph D. Walker Cynthia P. Youmans

Class of 1979 Gilda Poteat Bocock Elizabeth A. Ferrell Cheryl Bernatonis Hrivnak Colleen Parry Jones Richard Kent Porth Janet Nale Teuber

Class of 1980 Michael Raymond Baum Karin Sabine Bierbrauer William A. Funderburk Jr. Janis Kruger Leaphart Thomas Joel Taylor Julia Ogle Turlington

Class of 1981 Carol Danner Benfield King Keith Giese Anna Maria Addison Hatfield Lawrence W. Kellner Arthur Dar Tai Sara House White Felicia Little Wilson

Class of 1982 Joel Shawn Brandon Karon Dawkins Harry S. Miley Lewis Phillips Jr. Susan Schilb Stewart Michael Scott Taggart

Class of 1983 Robert J. Breen Yu Liang Chen Anita Shah Hood Charles G. Hood D. Mark Husband Beatrice Gardner Jones Maria Feliciano Mackovjak Anne Elizabeth Patterson

Class of 1984 Vivian Fields Christopher Neal Lane Cuong Peter Le Delane Maxwell Julia J. Ostrover Stephanie Bradford Pritchett Terry Alan Smith Kate Magoffin Sutton Stephen D. Sydow David R. Wiles

Class of 1985 Diane Rose Carr Patrick M. Dom Susan Willis Dunlap Steven Thomas Hand Shelvia Gilliam Jamison Edwin Rudolph Jones III David Welsh Kuechler T. Keith Legare Benjamin Kevin Malphrus Michelle Sentell Morris E. Bryan Mozingo Allison L. Stein Tracy Gunter Terry Karen Leigh Watson

Class of 1986 Steve Legrand Altman Jr. Raymond Davis Amaker Suzette Surratt Caudle James William Cooper Reid Adam Davis Harold Franklin Jefferies Norma Anne Turner Jett Ruth Berg Patterson Everett Christian Rogers Margaret Walker Sedgwick Mark Alvin Watson Andrew Beard Wright Lolita Harney Youmans

Class of 1987 James L. Atkinson Catherine Linder Conte Kenneth Edward Dunlop David W. Dunn William Holmes Finch Jr. Alana Leaphart Griffin James Earl Harley Melissa Scott Howard Joseph Brent Lanford Noel M. Nachtigal Elizabeth Lucas Reynolds Susan Parker Shimp Jacob Patrick White

Class of 1988 Mary Seana Baruth Eric Browder Blough Hugh Alan Bruck Mark Andrew Caffrey Stuart Holmes Coleman John Edwin Coulter Lee S. Dixon Michael W. Hogue Vernon Brian Jackson III Neale Thomas Johnson Kevin Ward Krebs Judy H. Lui Huong Thi Phan

William Johann Schmonsees III Lynette Baroatsis Slovensky Holly Flake Sox Annette Teasdell Michael Roy Thigpen

Class of 1989 Jill Q. Byrum Lisa Suggs Cooke Paul Denisowski Michael Joseph Furlough Gene Dunbar Godbold William R. Haulbrook Raju Prasad Krishna Patricia Reidinger Martin Caroline Metosh-Dickey Thai Quoc Nguyen Amy Corderman Purdy Stephen Malone Roddey Connie Olson Scrivens Evan L. Smoak Jim Odell Stuckey II William Britton Watkins Betina Entzminger Yarnall

Class of 1990 Robert Lewis Baker Sharon Morris Barrs Glen Eric Beckner Kimberly Connelly Benjamin Karen H. Borkowski Tracey Hyatt Bosman John C. Brandon Mary Beth Clayton Busby William Michael Dickson Jr. Sandra Leahan Doar Mary E. Fant Brian Christopher Goode Radwan Saadallah Hallaba Steven Robert Jacobi Willis Vincent Jowers III Mary B. Lankford M. Brian Magargle Richard Allen McCombs II Mariana Rush Lowry Neil Marie-Louise A. Ramsdale Norman Daniel Sanders Laurie Harmon Waldon Melissa G. Wuthier Mary K. Boackle Zanin

Class of 1991 Mohamed Reda Ali Jr. Leslie Gallagher Brunelli Kelly K. Chappell David M. Cohn Jeremy Terrell Cothran Chandis B. Digby Lila A. Faulkner Matthew R. Ferrante

Margaret Anne Gaffney Kellye Padgett Hafner Amanda Wunder Harling Laura Willenborg Herrell Jeffrey Hunter Johnson David Andrew Knight Bernard Francis Masters III Lena Younts Meredith Eric Alfred Paine Reginald A. Riser William Thomas Scruggs III Courtney A. Shytle Laura Sremaniak Jeffrey David Watts

Class of 1992 David Roy Blough Susan Burdick Domke Kristine J. Kane Maeve Edel O’Connor Anh Huynh Phan George Postic Paul McKinley Richardson Jr. Jessica Christian Sessions David Eugene Slovensky Caroline McElveen Small Christopher Atkins Smith Anil Umesh Swami Rajeev Harish Swami Shane Eric Swanson John Gregory Talbot Shahin Vafai

Class of 1993 Allison Davis Aitchison Paul Kevin Beach Heidi Michele Brooks Jennifer Inez Campbell Julie Watson Friddell Samuel Christy Hogue Lisa Marie Jasper Timothy W. Jowers Eunjoo Julie Lee Kristin Dell Olsen Leslie H. Poinsette Deborah Annette Procopio Patrick Todd Quattlebaum James Broward Story Sanjay Muleshchandra Swami Summer Smith Taylor Brent Alan Thomas Melissa Suick Tromsness Christian Michael Turner Julie F. Wade Thomas R. Young Jr.

Class of 1994 Irene Yuek-Se Au Kelly S. Bobo Dana Lynn Caulder

Sabrina Virginia Dixon Terry Carlyle Dixon Noel Vaughan Eaton Kelly S. Elliott Sean Kelly Flynn Shannon Geoly Horn Susan Render Johnson Peter Barnaby Knight Brenda McDaniel Meyer Scott Goodlett Murray Brian K. Nunnally Rebecca Starr Smith

Class of 1995 Holly Palmer Beeson William M. Blitch Jr. Mary S. Boyd Joya Chakrabarti Tory Clark Darra Marie Coleman Brian A. Comer Daniel S. Dorsel Christopher Brent Faulkenberry Karla Fulmer Allison Hanna Sadia Obaid Khan Benjamin S. Martin Lisbeth Bosshart Merrill Christopher Muldrow Marie Lovelace Rasmussen Benjamin Boyce Reed Beth Salter Kimberly Berndt Simmons Ryan Patrick Sims Jonathan Skvoretz Jeffrey Allen Stephens Aline Bonno Sullivan Angela Miller Wilhite

Class of 1996 Anita Tremblay Baker Steven C. Burritt Peter Pei-Chi Chung Donald Shane Crankshaw Doris Lorraine Galloway Susan Frances Goodwin Geoffrey Miles Gordon Laura A. Hall Angela Hays James Joseph Hill III Wendy Timms Hudson Courtney Stroman Hutchins Laurie Johnson Sharon Elizabeth Lynn Robert Osmer Charles H. Thompson Jr. Jennifer Licia Wu

Class of 1997 Charles B. Ancheta Robert Foster Bradley V Amy Elizabeth Bragg Christine Hill Burrell Jessica N. Caspers Jennifer Elizabeth-Ann Denley Timur Engin Joshua R. Gray Jennifer Landry Casey Bonds Martin Molly Simpson Matthews Kelly Brian McClanahan Melanee Bianca Poston Caroline Keller Powell Darcie Shively Nathan Terracio Sharon Woods Webb Julie Hartley Wham

Class of 1998 Melissa Boehler Curtis Brown Jennifer C. Cartwright Grant Stephen Cauthen Kelley Vickery Davies Jennifer DeFee Elena Esther Ellison Elizabeth Endler Greg Ferrante Jason T. Hucks Scott Hultstrand Allison Laborde Timothy James (T.J.) Lyerly Lane McFadden Lauren Griswold McGinley Kai J. Musielak Allen Mitchell Tibshrany Stephen Todd Veldman Elizabeth Ann Chandler Wieber

Class of 1999 Charles Herbert Boulware III Jeanne Britton Jason Matthew Burns Kevin M. Cannon Jared A. Causey Gita Chakrabarti Kathleen Warthen Coffey Frankie E. Crain Sarah Crosby Creel Kimberly Coxe Elvington Amanda M. Esch Christine Danath Funk Amanda Galloway D. Marshall Kibbey Jr. Elizabeth H. Mack Amy Elizabeth McCormick

Philip Michael Mobley Megan Meece Mocko Emilie Greene Sommer Chappell Suber Wilson Allison Freeman Winter

Class of 2000 Mathew Clayton Burrack Emily Streyer Carlisle Vanetta Loraine Christ Ashley W. Donato Elizabeth Kathleen Elder Katherine Trexler Etheridge Brian Patrick Frushour Andrew Higginbotham Matthew Katz Wade S. Kolb III R. Ryan Lindsay Kenyon Russell Maree Evan Meadors Gwendolyn L. Pearson Kristin G. Pope Allyn H. Powell Ian S. Scharrer Holly Elizabeth Selvig Ashley Copeland Wiggins Polly Funk Wilson

Class of 2001 Anna McGowan Babel Shannon Sturkie Bennett Daniel Brown Britton David Timothy Bush Nilanjana Sengupta Caballero John H. Davis Gustaaf Gregoire de Ridder Woodward Holland Folsom IV Joann Elizabeth Johnston Sarah Jones Laake Keitha Marie McCall Monica Smoak McCutcheon Nicholas Winfield Miller Christopher Wrenn Porter Brett John Robillard Joshua Robert Rushman Sona Satish Shah Danielle Davis Soto Pamela Ann Markham Warren Patrick Warren Rachael Thomas Zweigoron

Class of 2002 Sonia Irene Adams* Laura Elizabeth Anderson Erika Lauren Burns Mary Elizabeth Cook Anne Zichterman DePriest Ronnie Wayne Edwards Jr. Brandon Kenneth Fornwalt

Jennifer Elizabeth Gagnon* Sarah Kelsey Hammond Hydrick Harden Jason Wallace Harmon Traci Jeanne Heincelman*†David Hugh Hill Julie Milligan Hughes* Norman Ernest Jones Jr.* Kevin Kirkley Shawn Robert Loew* Sara Ravold Mareno* Stephanie Paige Ogburn* Sharon Veloso Panelo Jennifer Sarah Pross* Betsy Lauren Rodgers Nathan Joseph Saunders Ripal Nitin Shah James Edward Southard Jr. Kyle Andrew Sox Maggie Claire Thomas Matthew Blake Williams Martha Janet Wright Michael Patrick Zini

Class of 2003 Eddie Mood Baker Jr. Meredith Brooke Barkley Rachel Moyle Beanland* Indrani Boyle Reshma B. Changappa* Heather Janney Cooper* Alexandra Deyneka Thomas Chiles Griffin III Patrick Lee Kelly* Ryan Russell Kirk Nathan Charles Koci Jill Noel Martin Abigail Lynn McKee* Grace Draffin Moore Suzanne Rae Pickard Lauren Elizabeth Ready Brooke Allison Spitzer* Denise Colleen Strickland Sheima Salam Sumer* Terra Thomas Varner* Jada Caroline Watkins* James Robert Whittingham* Estee Amber Williams Adam Thornton Wilson* Emma B. Wuertz Heather Hayes Zachary

Class of 2004 Brandon Wayne Bales* Sarah Renee Bayko* Jennifer Lynn Brady Lara Frances Bratcher* Christopher Martin Caver Meredith Elizabeth Dukes Julia Josephine Emery* Jo Mason Ervin*

Jana Ruth Haggard Devin Thomas Hanlon* Christanne McLaurin Hoffman Leigh Alexander Johnston Ashley Ann Jones Jennifer Lynne Kennedy* Justin Ryan Knight Lee Elena Mangiante Amanda Lea Marshall* Cailin Elisabeth McLaughlin* Britton White Newman Robert Joseph Oppermann Thomas Andrew Paterniti Lauren Elizabeth Propst Katie Spurrier Quertermous Joni M. Rabon Paula Bridget Randler Katherine Elizabeth Rawson Thomas Jake Rich Sarah Elana Ross* Melissa Nicole Snyder Eric Jokob Soong Thomas Evan Spackman* Joshua Michael Spurgeon* Joyce Elizabeth Stuckey* Molly Denham Walker

Class of 2005 Anita Ellen Autry Allyson Jane Bird Bethany Michelle Matheny Carlson Sallie Ruth Coleman Graham Wooten Culbertson* Hilary Kirsten Schramm Culbertson* Antonio Joaquim de Ridder Dean Jeremy Emmerton* Chandra Caitlyn Farris* Corey Owen Garriott Elizabeth Sutton Gosnell Sarah Refi Hind* Elizabeth Anne Howarth Ian Donald Kane Bethany Marie Kessell* Kathryne Lane Knight Jennifer Lauren Lake* Stephanie Ann Lareau* Priscilla Grace Larkin Sheena Kim Lazenby Sylvie Elise Lomer Katherine Mancuso Jamie Sue McIntyre* Kristen Alexandra Morella Ross Marshall Nesbit* Patrick Thomas Norton Nina M. Oxner* Marianne Parrish*


(Left to right) Carolina Scholar Kirstie Hewson loves to travel. During the 2011 Maymester season, she ventured abroad for a proseminar led by Dr. Hal French, The Cultural and Spiritual Heritage of Greece. Nick Riley, a fifth-year McNair Scholar, won the Alpha Lambda Delta Trow Graduate Scholarship for further study. Here, Nick is photographed in Africa, where he spent part of May 2011 studying.

(Alumni cont.) Amy Louise Pasquet* Ryan Petty Jacque Banks Riley* Katherine Ann Rochelle* Daniel Andrews Sansbury* Anna Rebecca Stewart Sarah Tennant* Andrea Lynn Waddle* Ashley Heather West Matthew Bruce Wilkinson Brooks Dupler Willet* Jeremiah Gregory Wolfe*

Class of 2006 Elizabeth Diane Bakanic* Chad Michael Baum* William Perry Bovender* Elizabeth Jane Bradbury* Alicia Dianne Buddin* Steven Delbert Byrd Michelle Disiree Casper* Allison M. ChampionWescott Richard Crapps Chapman Bonnie Louise Coggins* Kathleen Robin Curtin* Matthew Stephen DeAntonio Christopher James Dickson* Matthew Thomas Elder Aaron Benjamin Flaaen* Elizabeth Ann Fortnum Allison Hersey Garrett Amy Catherine Goddard* Nicholas Goodman Stacey Ann Ivol* Teresa Christine Karr Roger Joseph Keane II Craig Carruth Link Christopher Clark Mitchell* Zachary William Nichols Stephanie Ingrid Pappas* Rachel Marie Perkins Alexander Nygaard Pietras Brooke Elizabeth Russ Thomas James Greig Scott Corinne Elizabeth Sheridan Rachel Leigh Spence* Alexis Loring Stratton*


Jessica Michelle Sullivan Sarah Marie Tennant* Katherine Leigh Thompson* Joseph Allen Turner Jr. Marissa Meredith Vawter* William Jefferson Vigen* Jason Benjamin Wheeler

Jesse Jet Sky Scott Daniel Spivey Jonathan Sheinkin Tomberg Jeremy Thomas Vanderknyff Callie Garrett Van Koughnett* Karen Renee Wigal*

Class of 2007

Class of 2008

Alexander J. Dacara Alon Melanie Joanne Baker* Amanda Lee Bannister Tamera Marie Beam* John Bedenbaugh Matthew Stuart Bell Jonathan Paul Bell Grace Ragna Blakely* Guy Charles Boudreaux Brittany Alexandra Cencula Chanda Livingston Cooper Susan Bailey Crook* Drew Charlotte Cutright* Rita Czako Amy Bostic Edwards* Radhika Engineer* Luay Hammami Anne Michelle Harvey Samantha Jayne Hayford Jacob Tyler Hunter Gregory Andrew Inabinet Abigail Lorraine Isaac* Elizabeth Hunt Jenkins* Michael Alan Kanwisher* Mary Kathryn Keane Jeffrey James Kent* Ira Matthew Klein* Mary Ellen Lohman* Hannah Dykes Markwardt Patrick Bragdon McCormick Michael Stephen McFadden Andrew William Montgomery* Kathryn Maureen Morris Megan Lucille Mueller* Marisa Ann Niparts* Sara Rives Saylor Sonam Ashish Shah Laura Corina Sima*

Jennifer Sue Autrey Fahmin Basher Dimitrios Sotirios Basilakos Elizabeth Ann Bell* Michael James Blew Catherine Whitt Bishop Katherine Stewart Bristow Matthew Thomas Brown* Christopher Joseph Butch* Chelsey Karns Crouch Corinne Kathleen D’Ippolito* Matthew Thomas Enright* Alexa Albrecht Erbach Lindsay Eris Flowers* Benjamin Fonville Garrett Kathleen Patrice Ginder Bradley Thomas Hocking David Charles Johannesmeyer Ralph Hervey Lawson Deirdre Quinn Martin* Kathryn Kelly Miller Emily Margaret Mitchell* Mindy Lee Moore* Daniel Alan Noyes* Megan Hall Nunn* Elizabeth Anne Oleson* Shelley Lee Price Tyler Robbins Ray* Charles Edward Redmond Ellory Winona Schmucker Amanda Kay Seals* Stephen Graham Smith* Kathryn Patrice Stickle* Philip Andrew Stonecypher Tiffany Michelle Terrell* Christopher Alan Williams Daniel Owen Williams* Tina Zhang

Class of 2009

Class of 2010

Class of 2011

Sherah L. Aiken* Jordan E. Beckman Thomas J. Benning* Angela Lynn Bingham* Annie L. Boiter-Jolley Rachel Bowman* Austin C. Collie Joseph A. Dean Derek M. DeBruin Huley Dru Dickert Kaitlin C. Duffey* Dori Anne Enderle* Leah Miller German Robert S. Gillispie* Patrick L. Hankins Benjamin David Hankinson Jr. Travis N. Hardy* Jennifer Christine Huggins* Silvia Hunziker Amy Michelle Jackson* Mary Allison Joseph Heather K. Judd* Laura M. Lamb* Joseph Philip Mankovich * Kathryn Susan Mansfield Caitlin W. McLaren* John Wesley Merriman* Karly Marie Miller* Sarah J. Moran* Kathryn M. Mulligan Kathy Lei Niu Stephanie K. Paolini Yasmin Birju Patel Kayla Michelle Porter Dana Lynn Sanders* Andrew James Schwark* Tina S. Shah Kellie M. Sharpe* Becca S. Tedesco* Will Hicks Thrower III* Sarah E. Vanderwood* Jessie B. Walters-McCarthy* Xin Wang John Lafitte Warren Zhu Wang Megan Kate Womack* Kevin Yeh

Caleb Timothy Anderson* Alina Denise Arbuthnot* Audrey Caroline Ball* Rebecca Anne Bandy* Nora Bennani Michelle Lynn Budreau* Sarah E. Callahan* Sydney Nicole Daigle Bruce Andrew Davis Mary Melody Dawson Lydia Faith DiSabatino* Kevin Michael Douglass Collin Brittain Eaker* Elizabeth Michelle Elliott Nyssa Fleming Fox Caitlyn M. Gallagher* Gurjeet Singh Guram Cynthia Joy Harbison* Michelle Leigh Harmon* Damian Joel Herring* Jennifer Christine Huggins* Katherine Melissa Jarriel Amanda Rene Lager Mary Christine Learner Katherine Marie Lewis Jennifer Therese Lias* Kyle Christopher Mallinak* Kerri Rae McCutcheon Kayla Brooke McGee Sydney Danielle Mitchell* Joseph Harold Montoya Marin E. Mueller* Samir Sudhir Panvelker Melanie Ann Pozdol* Elizabeth Ashley Robertson Michael David Roglitz* Jewel Ellen Sheehan* Emma Jean Smiley Melissa Robin Smith* Katie Jean Spicer* Jessica Mary Steele Ashley Susan Tjader* Megan Elizabeth Tone Sarah Elizabeth Tucker* Alexander Szu Han Wang James Louis Whelan Andrew William Zolides

Jennifer J. Ammerlaan Emily A. Berger* Kerri R. Brown Liana R. Bugos Traisha Larae White Campfield* Mollie Carter Whitney A. Dearden* Colton E. Driver* David James Ensor* Victoria D. EspensenSturges* Lauren R. Fowler* Kylie A. Glessman Laurie A. Graves Mandev S. Guram Christine E. Harding* Joanna E. Helms Sara M. Hinojosa* Colin J. Kane Kyle E. Kemp* Drew O. Kirchhofer* Helen M. Knight* James C. Manning Emily E. Matherly* Ellen W. Meder* Brian A. Mesimer Lauren K. Mozingo Caitlin R. Musgrave Carley S. Peace Tegan M. Plock* Olivia K. Reburn Robert J. Rolfe Jr. Tara E. Tae* Devon A. Taylor Marissa N. Thomas Alexandria M. Tracy Erin M. Weeks Shalika Whig Bradley C. Williams

*denotes McNair Scholar °† awarded posthumously

Photo Index A Adams, Lydia 51 B Bain, Reggie 5, 8 Bishop, Bryarly 9 Boland, Katie 10 Brader, Tracy 11 Britt, Megan 12 Brown, Megan 7, 58 Burns, Jim 51 C Campbell, Louisa 3 Cantwell, Jackie 4, 5, 13 Casedonte, Matthew 5, 14 Crouch, Caroline 15, 58 D Davis, Jade 16 Dixon, Drew 51 Doggett, Molly 17, 58 E Eggleston, Andrea 4 F Fishman, Gillian 18 Fishman, Jocelyn 18 G Galardi, Christina 5, 19 Glenn, Mary 20 Graczyk, Emily 51 H Hains, Daniel 21 Harris, Katie 22 Hegquist, Anna 23 Hewson, Kirstie 60 Hood, Michael 3 Horel, Delaney 3

J Johnson, Sam 24 Juneja, Priyanaka 3 K Kaczmarek, Jessica 58 Kibbey, Siobhan 4 Knight, Jenni 51 Knox, Robert 25 Koch, Lauren 26 Koons, Gerry 5, 58 Kremer, Mark 27 L Levinson, Chase 28 Liger, Nick 3 Looney, Shannon Adele 29 Lynn, Steve 4 M Mahoney, Lizzie 58 Marsh, Courtney 30 Martin, Hilary 51 McAbee, Brooke 31 McDermott, John 51 McIntosh, Benjamin Davis 32 McKnight, Maliek 33 McNair, Bob 4 McNair, Janice 4 Michal, Jessica 34 Moore, Sara 35 Moore-Pastides, Patricia 19 N Nations, Michelle 36 Nell Lader, Sarah 5 Neumayer, Robin 5

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P Parnell II, Jackie 37 Pastides, Harris 4, 19 Patel, Payal 5 Pennington, Katie 58 Persels, Jeff 5 Purdy IV, Frank R. 38 R Ramirez, Daniela 58 Rheinlander, Nicole 39 Riley, Nick 60 S Sairam, Nathan 3 Sharpe, Kellie 6 Smentek, Laura 5 Smith, Mason 51 Strachan, Caitlin 40 Sutherland, Kristi 58 T Talbert, Jim 41 Teel, Ryan 42, 58 Timko, Stephen 5, 43, 58 Treece, Taylor 58 V Van Patten, Hannah 44 W Wallace, Lauren 45, 58 Weeks, Allyssa 46 Wells, India 47, 58 Whelan, Jasmine 48 Wilson, Elizabeth Ruth 49 Winn, Marshall 3 Wolff, Susanne Elizabeth 50 Z Zhang, Elisha 51

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True Scholar 2011-12  

The annual report of the Carolina and McNair Scholars program.

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